Postulates a universe in which life will never die out
and where knowledge will increase forever
(Prof. Frank Tripler)
When The Chickens Come Home To Roost
Now Chicken knows and knows she knows.
She plans, acts,
Understands outsides and insides;
She mates, hates,
Scratches her existence boldly
Over the crust of the world.
Observe—she has created a universe
Perfectly evolved for herself,
Cock’s crow cracked her shell of awareness
calling her into tomorrow.
Cock-sure of a new day
hatched time after time
For and by
* Poems in the Anthropic Principle series: “Weak Anthropic Principle”,”Strong Anthropic Principle”, “Participatory Anthropic Principle”, “Final Anthropic Principle”, “Anthropic Principle Revisited”
Questions and Answers
What inspired “Final Anthropic Principles”?
The Anthropic Principle a series of five poems was conceived after reading ‘The Gaia Hypothesis’ by James Lovelock. The Final Anthropic Principle is the fourth poem in the series.
What poetic techniques did you use in “Final Anthropic Principles”?
I employed an extended metaphor to tie the series together (and because it was fun) Also slant rhyme, alliteration and an incredible amount of editing to keep it tight.