Poem by Sam Silva

 

Terms of A Moral Philosophy

Massive Zeus!, pained by noble thought
birthed Athena and her city
in the ancient hours of the gods.

Like the Acropolis
in a worship made of thieving
the Greek phalanx rose
and slaughtered democratically
what the mass of soldiers chose
to dispose of
in armor made of iron.

So these are the origins
of a wisdom paid in gold
and like the tales of Homer
always rooted in a Dark Age abandon
and urging fire and metal
at the tip of a wayward blade

…and sweet fools die this way!
sweet peace without a glimmer
…when sun sets on an empire
for another empire made.

 

“The Enticements of Futurism” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi

 

Sam Silva has published at least 150 poems in print magazines, including Sow’s Ear, The ECU Rebel, Pembroke magazine, Samisdat, St. Andrew’s Review, Charlotte Poetry Review,
Main Street Rag,
and many more. His full-lentgh collection Eating and Drinking was published by Bright Spark Creative of Wilimington.

Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.

 

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