small things set to scale

this composition of ours
the singing subatomic resonance
the empty places in bodies, cells, atoms, space
a design, beautiful and subtle as lace,
which is as much made
of its lack of substance as its substance

I would speak to that smallness, that absence
that echoes in us, and question, really, what is it that is small
when each thing, set to scale, smaller to larger
is eventually lost in that vast net woven
in a pattern for larger vision than ours,
clinging to a small rock revolving around an insignificant sun
in a sea of suns; larger even than telescopes,
whose unlimited vision sees all smallness
and largeness set to the same scale, the harmonic

the invisible hands cupping the universe
in their palms, if they are hands and palms
shaped like ours, and noting every small thing
that passes with overarching awareness,
or the universe as a body, larger and thriving
and interacting with–what?
The smallness of my mind stops here
lost in contemplating a scale too big and too small
for finite neural pathways to capture
in finely spun webs.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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10 Responses to small things set to scale

  1. Rhonda says:

    as single grains of sand are to the beach; as a single drop of rain or melted glacial ice is to oceans, as a single star to the multitude of constellations. is it better to see the whole, the forest for the trees? or better to see the individual? even in knowing we are but small and insignificant on our own are we not stronger for the knowing that together we are so much more? i think both…we must stop and appreciate the beginnings, or else lose the importance of the outcome.
    beautiful susan, as always.

  2. nelle says:

    Love this explorations! It is cool to know the largest things in this universe, as with all of us, are made up of the smallest.

  3. Ian Moone says:

    You have just reminded me of a documentary I watched, which explained just how much space is inside us when looking at those spaces between atomic centers and satellites. You do make us think so :~)

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