snake marriage - November 9, 2014s

author’s note:

Why should we reject science?  We all perform experiments every day.  We’re all scientists.


Science has demonstrated…

two hearts will beat in synch
if two people–any two
stay together in the same small room
for twenty-four hours

—yes, their hearts will be in harmony—

a finding which seems to go against
what we’ve long accepted as hard truth:

close proximity creates friction, tension.

So how can we reconcile these two facts?

Well, based on
my own painful experience
I can honestly say:

in this small space
I’m quite able to remain
at odds with you
as long as I listen
to what I tell myself
in my head

while ignoring
what I hear in my heart.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
listening to silence: the book