May 30, 2014

Dark Matter


Dark Matter

for Tom Mandel (1946-1995)

Love must see all things that are,
But not with any eye.
Dream must rise from darkling waters,
Yet still gloss clear and dry.

The heart must mimic life lived large
In its sentences and fate;
Accepting time must finally halt,
And enter through the gateless gate.

The body, all its time undone,
Must yield itself to air.
The soul, a dream no longer dreamed,
Must rise upon the spiral stairs,

That lead up to that heart of light
Which circles in that storm;
Where one eye sees all things that are,
Where that which is, is born.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 30, 2014 1:54 AM
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Dang... i wish I could write poetry like that.

At best, I am only worthy of the incidentally humorous limmerick or haiku.

-Your Vogon friend,


Posted by: cond0010 at January 17, 2011 8:29 PM

I am less than that, cond0010. But I am happy to note it in others.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 8:56 PM

Noting bad poetry, Jewel?

Yea. Besides adding levity to a conversation, it also lends itself as a stark contrast to... awesome ... poetry written by gifted authors such as Gerard.

I could break out in Limerick, if you'ld like?


Posted by: Cond0010 at January 17, 2011 9:14 PM

Noting good poetry. Bad poetry is, dare I say it, a hallmark of the greeting card industrial complex.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 9:28 PM

Rats. ...and I was hoping.

I guess I'll go on over to 'Hoops and Yoyo' to garner some more poetic inspiration.

Posted by: Cond0010 at January 17, 2011 9:36 PM

I garner headaches from Hoops and Yoyo.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 9:56 PM

I think thats their 'Hallmark'... annoying is their forte - but in a cute way.

If it weren't for their cartoon avatars, I'd swear they were a couple little boys that sneaked off their ritalin and broke into a box of Frosted-Sugar-Bombs.

Posted by: Cond0010 at January 17, 2011 10:19 PM

Cute annoys me, as does nice.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 10:31 PM

Bad poetry, Greeting card industry, Hoops and Yoyo, cute and nice.

Got it.

Is their anything else you'ld like to add to this list?

Posted by: Cond0010 at January 17, 2011 10:46 PM

Well, I hadn't planned on compiling a list when I first posted. I was just noting the talent for good poetry in some people, the talent I lack, and I guess we digressed a bit.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 10:53 PM


When are you going to publish your works? These are consistently real good.

I know I'd buy.

Posted by: Cond0010 at January 17, 2011 11:09 PM

Please! My Kindle lacks The Works of Gerard Vanderleun.

Posted by: Jewel at January 17, 2011 11:16 PM

Further reading reveals that scientists have actually gotten a glimpse of dark matter for the first time. One, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was oddly reminiscent of a unicorn.

Posted by: Roy Lofquist at January 18, 2011 5:28 AM

awesome poem.

dark matter / dark energy = G-d.

Posted by: reliapundit at January 18, 2011 3:12 PM

Darkness is once again falling on the face of the deep. Let there be light.

Posted by: Jewel at March 4, 2012 12:03 PM

Dark Matter: it has to exist or all our theories about an eternal, cycling universe are trash!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 4, 2012 5:12 PM

It would be better poetry if the correct "its" were used in two places. How come so few people can learn the correct use of "its" meaning "possessed by it" and "it's" being the contraction of "it is"? Words have a meaning, people. Punctuation exists for clarity in communication.

Posted by: JohnPeg at March 4, 2012 5:24 PM

You're right. Don't know how the variation got there. Just spaced out in the space.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 4, 2012 9:20 PM

Mr. Vanderleun, I am very glad that for whatever reason, you didn't ascend that stairway. There are very few who can tell about having seen that view. I would wager that scant few of that group could describe the experience so masterfully. Most excellent work. Thank you. Please continue.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at March 6, 2012 3:10 PM

Please visualize a comma after the word "glad", in my preceeding comment, for clarity of communication.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at March 6, 2012 6:47 PM

Thanks for the kind sentiment, Williams. Comma visualized.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 6, 2012 11:09 PM