The utter sumptuousness of the simplest thing

a stairway going way down inside any atom amoeba

bacilli protozoa cytoplast as dazzling as a galaxy
cast into space and scintillating there like a
living sequin

and if we enter it in its microscopic chamber
echoes multiply and we think we’re in a cavern
though no bats fly over us yet reverberations
faster than heartbeats hit the walls in
waves and spiral ceiling to floor then to ceiling again
in continuous coils

through which God calls each of us by name

And we respond with eyes in our hearts opening
and lips in our pupils answering in the affirmative
that brings crickets to tears in
wet grass and laughter to gnats

acrobaticizing the leaping

1/6/2006 (from Coattails of the Saint)