Pascal’s Reminder

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PASCAL’S REMINDER

 

‘Til his death he carried it,

          sewn into the lining of his vest –

                   the note,

                   the reminder

of his meeting with the God of Abraham;

          he held it close daily,

                             rain or shine,

          as he grappled with Number,

          with the brilliant

                                      mystery of mathematics,

          as he gaped at the light behind the veil. . .

What falls away is never gone –

          Yes, I know the Law,

                   & the Wheel rolls on,

          my invocation comes full circle,

                   giving grace

                             to the paradox it rests upon.

 

A large question, Remembrance,

          like Death or Love,

the ten thousand things

ever call our attention,

          with roots grown deep

                   & branches strong –

but the props of recall are ubiquitous –

                   the Slant of Sun

          or the evening breeze

are reminders,

          like the coal burning

                   in Pascal’s vest –

the invocation can’t be shunned,

          it comes full circle,

                   giving grace to the paradox

                             it rests upon

 

Wind, Fire, Compassion, Desire,

          the whispered Secret of Trees,

Father Sun rising in the East,

                             setting in the West,

          the cool of morning

                             & birdsong choir –

          Recall is the theme,

                   & the Hound of Heaven

                             is Relentless. . .

 

This MayDay Dream

          is a call

to challenge the eventless,

                   the moments in Time

                   which seem sparse, or empty,

                                                                   or a lie. . .

A reminder of how the endless sky

          is always filled with deathless song –

Yes, I know the Law,

                   & the Wheel rolls on. . .

          my invocation comes full circle,

                             giving grace to the paradox

                                                          it rests upon.

 

The Moment

          is no longer so important,

          while it’s more precious than ever –

grains of Truth, Streams from the Source –

          never look at the mountains

                                                & say something clever. . .

The giant lurks behind the curtains

                             in all it’s innocent force –

Yes, I know the Law,

                             & the Wheel rolls on –

 

My invocation,

my Call to Life,

                   comes Full Circle,

          giving grace to the paradox

                                                it rests upon.

                                                                                                         j.j. marino

                                                                  

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About j. j. marino

As a creaky & cranky a-social agoraphobic anchorite, living in seclusion in the Great North Woods & keeping centered by the Power of the Written Word, a blog would seem to be a fat pitch in my strike zone.

Posted on April 10, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. well said brutha!! very few even know of pascal, let alone the real beauty and mystery involved in “deep” math, my friends in mathematical engineering would get it, nice you see it…

  2. Beautiful. Moving. “…giving grace to the paradox

    it rests upon.”

    Blaze on, Pascal,
    that note of Fire
    blooming in the pocket
    above your heart.

  3. Griz> I see it….Barbara> I get it.

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