A Poem For Wednesday

Aug 1 2012 @ 3:18pm

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A reader serves it up:

Your Jim Holt post cites Robert Krulwich, asking "which is bigger, your brain or the universe?"  It so happens that Emily Dickinson also gave that question a whirl:

The Brain — is wider than the Sky –
For — put them side by side –
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside –

The Brain is deeper than the sea –
For — hold them — Blue to Blue –
The one the other will absorb –
As Sponges — Buckets — do –

The Brain is just the weight of God –
For — Heft them — Pound for Pound –
And they will differ — if they do –
As Syllable from Sound –

(Photo: In its first glimpse of the heavens following the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star. This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the 'Eskimo' Nebula (NGC 2392) because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka. In this Hubble telescope image, the 'parka' is really a disk of material embellished with a ring of comet-shaped objects, with their tails streaming away from the central, dying star. By SSPL/Getty Images)