A New Work

Richard Grossinger says,
"the structure
of the universe

is the thought pattern
of the people."

Perhaps a bit
human chauvinist,

but sounds like
the Jesuit Teilhard
de Chardin
or some quantum mechanical


What else
the pattern?


Seems obvious:
the shape of a poem,


the structure
of its thought.
Run it by faster, rethink it
at different speed?

Does our anxiety shift the cosmos?

Given Chaos Theory, which
suggests a butterfly's
wings can cause
a hurricane
thousands of miles and days
in the distance,


what effect will my sudden
mood-shift instigate


in the far reaches
of the Milky Way?

But the question most important
to me: is the body shaped
by its thoughts?


Can feeling
be spherical, love be two
touching at all points,
one skin gloving

the other
to be one?

Is the universe modeled
on the empathy
of love?

James BertolinoJames Bertolino, Poet & Planetary Visionary

James Bertolino's poetry has been published in magazines, books, and anthologies internationally for almost 40 years, from "Drool" published in 1968 to his most recent, "Pocket Animals: 60 Poems" published in 2002 by Egress Studio Press. Check out his website to purchase his publications through Egress Studio Press and for more information and free beautiful poetry greeting cards that you can copy & print directly from his website. 

(Photo is by Jane Sherry and the photo of James, courtesy of the poet. All poems reprinted here with the kind permission of James Bertolino.)

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