Scales of Perception

Benjamin Jenkins, poem, poems, poetry, writing

Sitting amongst a city of clover,

Watching the bees lazily

Crawl over flower petals.

I exist on the bee’s scale.

A little league soccer game

Pedals through periods over

Miles and miles of prairies.

A city rises high above

And deeply vast.

Encompassing a small pocket of greenery.

An arboretum tucked into blocks

Of hot concrete and glass.

Born of subway trench,

Where kids now play,

Waterslides rush happy souls-

Down tagged-up concrete sides.

People picnic,

I survey with pen on this hill.

The pigeons land in a cloud

And take flight in the same

Precognitive crowd.

I swear it’s too perfect to be random.

Everything unfolds at its own pace.

Everything spins like cogs,

In an overwhelming clockwork.

Spin little wheels spin.

A cog to a machine-

A machine to a task-

A task to a dream-

A dream to a galaxy-

A galaxy to a nucleus-

A nucleus to a cell-

Spin little wheels spin.

Let’s keep

Reeling through infinity.

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One thought on “Scales of Perception

  1. Ben, this poem renders the overwhelmingness of life in the moment, the bounty of everything happening all at once. Nice achievement.

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