Ontology Recapitulates Geology
Ramses is my father floating on a diagnostic raft with two chilling memories
Hoping the Nile will set him free before he destines history.
I psychology when my image is in doubt
Because the blue turtle's mind awares the authority of origins to reify perception
Like Kant said we would need to.
Cognition is my father's profession
And he sometimes divides like a cell with no nucleus—
Receiving bits of information from photons shaped like DNA.
The great river replicates itself by geofication
And pressure from shale along eclosing banks
Like clouds taking shape because of heat and moisture
Metamorphizing into nitrogen and rhizomes.
Euglenas and amoebas fuse to form altruistic microbes
Continuing the cycle of living codes producing electrolytes
While my father fishes for eel to roast at tomorrow's celebration
In a tent surrounded by candles casting light on the diffident rainforest.
Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). As a woman of color, she writes about the “performance” of identity, alienation, and power and conducts research on experimental poetry. Clara is author of two chapbooks, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues.