"De Sterrekindertjes" by Freddie Langeler ‘Camena Interrupta’ and Other Poetry by Peter Venable The Society August 1, 2022 Culture, Humor, Limerick, Poetry 4 Comments . Camena Interrupta The measured words of poetryRise round the mystic sphere,Sift through the dirt or sing divineIn strains that soothe or sear. But now the stanzas halt and freeze:Eternity is stilled—The dog looks guilty at the doorThe poet’s muse is chilled. Goodbye “the crescent in the sky,Reaping a horde of crows . . .”Holding his breath, he scoops the mess—The muse must hold her nose. . . Dark “Matter?” Dark Mind? As galaxies outwardly swing, The “mystery mass” is the thing:__They thought it was gravity__But All is a cavity—So Physics was left holding strings. . . The Theist and the Atheist The theist and atheist stood their ground—Each felt their viewpoints were logically sound. “Did matter precede mind, or mind matter?”They mixed polemics in cosmic batter. “Spontaneous generation evolvedAnd evolution proves the matter solved.” “Then amoebas became woman and man?So chance rolled dice, and consciousness began?”They debated through the day and the night: Did Light herald darkness, or darkness, light? . . Peter Venable has been writing poetry for 50 years. He has been published in Windhover, Third Wednesday, Time of Singing, The Merton Seasonal, American Vendantist, The Anglican Theological Review, and others. He is a member of the Winston Salem Writers. On the whimsical side, he has been published in Bluepepper, Parody, Laughing Dog, The Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online (e. g. # 48) and the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Roy E. Peterson August 1, 2022 Peter, these are three wonderful poems. I especially identify with “Camena Interrupta.” Muse visits are often short and our efforts to decipher the thoughts instilled in our minds may not come out the way we planned. “Dark Matter, Dark Mind” is a synopsis of how physics on earth attempts to explain the universe and then must face new realities. I have written some poems about the theist/atheist debates and positions. Your synthesis of the issues is masterful, and your last couplet demonstrates the debate will continue. Enjoyable reads! Reply Jack “Michael” Dashiell August 1, 2022 I like the 3rd poem best. A more<expanding purpose than the chicken and the egg? Reply Alena Casey August 1, 2022 “They mixed polemics in cosmic batter” – what a line! Reply Margaret Coats August 2, 2022 To the mind of a college physics major, “Dark Matter?” Dark Mind? is most entertaining. Is “All is a cavity” shorter than the “gravity” line to suggest a cavity? If not, I think another syllable might help reading rhythm: “All is a dark cavity,” or “All is merely cavity.” I love the concluding reference to string theory. Fortunately for me, my physics professors were too practical to teach it, and I only discovered its absurdity later. And speaking of absurdities, the scoop-away line in “Camena Interrupta” offers a splendid image of crescent and crows. Reply Leave a Reply to Jack “Michael” Dashiell Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.