Where we are

by Kevin T McEneaney

Mathematics pretends there is nothing

that cannot be solved by computation

based upon mathematical reason

enshrined in equations or formula

based upon staunch, rigorous reasoning,

and yet they may have difficult problems

that remain quite impossible to solve.

On the other hand, poetry solves naught,

perceiving life as inconstant strife

weighted down with subversive irony,

but can reveal overwhelming beauty.

We need both reasoning and metaphor

large enough to find our place in the world

which is smaller than we may think.

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of The Enclosed Garden, Longing, and oter books