The Empirical Problem

Poetry and Science: The Empirical Problem

I gaze at length upon a flower
Content to see such beauty clear
But is the flower itself beheld
Or does perception interfere?

And if I tell of what I see
In hope description cites the tale,
What chance the listener will behold?
The telling is of no avail.

And does our selfhood help conceal
Some vital feature rarely shown
Remaining private to the plant
And in our absence never known?

And is it wise to speak of things
If we ourselves don’t really know
Though captured by the wonderment
Of plants in blossom as they grow?

Featured image credit: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Jason Samfield

Peter Davis

Peter has been writing poetry for twenty years and been published in various magazines/journals. He has long had an interest in the contemplative and explorative relationship of poetry as complement to scientific endeavour, inspired by meetings with and the work of many leading scientists and thinkers in universities and other academic institutions in the UK. He currently works in healthcare.

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