Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Conjugation of the Paramecium, by Muriel Rukeyser

Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for viola,
with Selka-Vengerov-Rachlin-Spitzer-Maisky

This has nothing
to do with

The species
is continued
as so many are
(among the smaller creatures)
by fission

(and this species
is very small
next in order to
the amoeba, the beginning one)

The paramecium
achieves, then,
by dividing

But when
the paramecium
desires renewal
strength another joy
this is what
the paramecium does:

The paramecium
lies down beside
another paramecium

Slowly inexplicably
the exchange
takes place
in which
some bits
of the nucleus of each
are exchanged

for some bits
of the nucleus
of the other

This is called
the conjugation of the paramecium.

from A Muriel Rukeyser Reader, W.W. Norton & Co. (1995)


vv said...

slowly inexplicably.....

thank you

Manuela said...

one of those finds so right for the moment and feeling, it feels like a communion...

A Cuban In London said...

Delicate and beautiful.

Greetings from London.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know it speaks to you, CiL. Thank you.

Manuela said...

poem from A Muriel Rukeyser Reader, 1994, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, page 226.