Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Long Time

They say it takes time
for so many things such as
how we might make love
under the full moon
or cook a sumptuous feast
out of leftovers
and my fresh caught fish
come from the river. And how
about this? - about
a whole life's effort
that culminates in something
like twelve simple lines?

‎September ‎17, ‎2013 4:37 PM


  1. Maybe there's a universal law at work here. The greater and longer the effort, the shorter and more profound the culmination.

    1. I once framed a quotation fashioned after the thought reputed to be of a mathematician named George Polya if I remember it right. George had mathematician von Neumann in one of his seminars and of von Neumann he said that he was the only student who was so good it scared him. Google says I got his name right. Perhaps the quote was actually his.

      In paraphrase: There is a succinct secret of the universe. However when put succinctly, it is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.

      I recall this while thinking about short culminations.


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