October 20th, 2013

A. R. Ammons (3)

Identity
by A. R. Ammons

1) An individual spider web
identifies a species:

an order of instinct prevails
      through all accidents of circumstance,
            though possibility is
high along the peripheries of
spider
                        webs:
                        you can go all
                  around the fringing attachments

                  and find
disorder ripe,
entropy rich, high levels of random,
            numerous occasions of accident:

2) the possible settings
of a web are infinite:

            how does
the spider keep
                  identity
            while creating the web
            in a particular place?

            how and to what extent
                  and by what modes of chemistry
                  and control?

it is
wonderful
            how things work: I will tell you
                        about it
                        because

it is interesting
and because whatever is
moves in weeds
            and stars and spider webs
and known
                        is loved:
                  in that love,
                  each of us knowing it,
                  I love you,

for it moves within and beyond us,
                  sizzles in
to winter grasses, darts and hangs with bumblebees
by summer windowsills:

                  I will show you
the underlying that takes no image to itself,
            cannot be shown or said,
but weaves in and out of moons and bladderweeds,
                  is all and
            beyond destruction
            because created fully in no
particular form:

                        if the web were perfectly pre-set,
                        the spider could
                  never find
                  a perfect place to set it in: and

                  if the web were
perfectly adaptable,
if freedom and possibility were without limit,
                        the web would
lose its special identity:

      the row-strung garden web
keeps order at the center
where space is freest (intersecting that the freest
                  “medium” should
                  accept the firmest order)

and that
order
                        diminishes toward the
periphery
            allowing at the points of contact
                  entropy equal to entropy

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