Original Art (c) 2005 DK McDonald
Original Art by DK McDonald
Ending with a Line from Brodsky, and Throughout an Appreciative Nod to Matthews

I
have a
key that opens
a door far away

in
another dimension,
as dimension means
a measure of spatial

extent,
especially width,
height or length,

according to The American

Heritage
Dictionary of
The English Language
.
Physicists might add that

Velocity
has the
dimensions of length
divided by time
, thus

if
it takes
four hours to
reach that far away

door,
how many
miles per hour
must I travel at?

Grammar
not being
a real concern
of physics, prepositions may

occupy
any space
in sentences, even
have the last word!

No
physicist, however,
would accept far
as a length, hence

a
mutual mistrust,
in which science
and I are reduced.

But
let's get
back to that
far away door and

dimension,
and because
there is little
that nature did not

place
there, surrounding
distances are great,
time slow as one

wood
ripple working
out inside trees
for an entire year.

Similarly,
wasps hum
their clay-layered
nests in sunless reaches

for
the next
generation of stingers,
in their white pupae

pods.
Just so,
hawks, lovely gliding
on noon air swells,

drop
stone-heavy,
to rend flesh
in one heartbeat, changing

the
dimensions of
an afternoon: simply
put, a velocity with

a
menacingly measured
hunger and intent.
Some unwarranted events are

bound
to happen,
the broader the
vista the more likely.

Vista
meaning a
distant view through
or along an avenue

or
opening; prospect
,
as Webster's Ninth
New Collegiate Dictionary
has

it,
as well
as its offering
two vistas on prospect,

a
place that
commands an extensive
view,
and, in addition,

to
explore an
area for mineral
deposit
. So it is

with
the possible
expansiveness of a
metaphor, beyond the plain

of
mere gold,
we may consider
a prospector as one

who
hopes in
another dimension to
find that which is

not
always dimensurable,
except through or
along a longing heart.

As
Brodsky wrote,
The trees are
dearer than the wood

 
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