On Pascal’s Birthday

Albert Gleizes  en.wikipedia.org

Albert Gleizes     en.wikipedia.org

God made this machine
we call a body More complicated
than any manufacturing plant More
intricate than the folds of any flower
More disciplined than any computer
better designed than any fine Rolex
engineered to run on natural fuel
to be its own 3D printer

God created this library
we call a mind Stacks upon stacks
of tiny little books filled with the data
accumulated over a lifetime Organized
in bits of creative image & information
all accessible by a trigger of a thought
a simple tap on a mental keyboard
to run the very latest OS

God gave us a compass
we call a conscience This spirit guide
constantly at work correcting our path
connecting the library with the machine
sometimes despised as that Light shines
on the folly of our choices Other times
sought when lost in our disintegration
to be our built`in GPS

“Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature;
for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is,
and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is
the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being.” 
~ Blaise Pascal


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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10 Responses to On Pascal’s Birthday

  1. one can only wonder what his contribution to philosophy of religion might have been, had he been able to fully develop his Pensees

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    • Still, he remains the forerunner of Christian thought, profoundly respected equally by both Catholic and Protestant theologians, and as such fills the chair of First Ecumenical Philosopher in most seminaries I know. Our ‘prolegomina’ lies in his pages . . . But I do agree with you . . .

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  2. I’m glad that your little books are still accessible. I suspect the pressure has created a vacuum in mine…


  3. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    I need to read more from the likes of Pascal, Plato, and Newton. My head may be filled with stacks upon stacks of tiny books, but there are days when they seem vastly outnumbered by the stacks upon stacks of average size books filling my home and coming through my front door and making me wish for more time to read them. As for your poem: you’ve created some clever metaphors that carry more weight than they seem to at first glance.


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