Monday, May 14, 2018

Sympathy for the Erlkönig

Even now, knowledge
Of the human mutation rate
Is poor. The forks in the road

Can’t be seen from this window.
Who knows when they were
Or where they might go.

The very old man
Who knows statistics,
Who knows that to guess the past
Is as complex as guessing

The future that shapes
All of this, drawing us on
Like a current drawn by falls,
He’s the one who calls and calls.

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