EINSTEIN, THE IKON (A Spenserian Sonnet)

Einstein’s face: the universal ikon

The single signifier signing brilliance

We know how Einstein looks, but not Newton

Who has Bach or Swedenborg’s appearance

And all are equal in intelligence

But it is Einstein’s face we see as genius

Leibnitz or Descartes don’t stand a chance

For smarts, it’s only Einstein’s face for us

His smile, mustache, and wild hair all a fuss

SONNET: WEALTH IN POVERTY

School taught me life with meager earning

I learned to live, and also to live well

During the time I devoted my life to learning

I learned that the best things markets don’t sell

 

My material possessions now give

The means to continue to learn and grow

Impoverishment is showing me a better way to live

Books, guitar, and Bach on the piano

 

Excess wealth can turn into complacency

And self-absorbed indifference to others

Time can pass in mindless frivolity

In egotistical isolation from our sisters and brothers

 

Impoverished circumstances can be abundant

And meager income become, in fact, a major grant