Mysticism and Logic
Metaphysics, or the attempt to conceive the world as a whole by means of thought, has been developed, from the first, by the union and conflict of two very different human impulses, the one urging men towards mysticism, the other urging them towards science.
— Bertrand Russell
A cracked glaze on a vase puzzles out
its reflections and refractions in
the only way it knows how: Silently
reconciling all contrary motion
beneath its fired and fissured skin, for fear
a bright moment might be its undoing.
Bright moments are many, so tensions run
high between jostling shoulder, neck and lip.
The quiet perseverance of oven sweat
contains a taut struggle of dust and clay.