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Rick Levine's 'Radios'

Rick Levine
Rick Levine's 'Radios'

Planets talk; 
     their cosmic discourse
     determines the fate
     of vulnerable babes;

Each armed with a few trillion tiny cellular receptors

Each cell with its calibrated micro-antennae
     tuned into the emptiness
     of deep space
     and infinite time.

Planets talk;
     their discordant orbital harmonies
     shout with power of Wagner,
     resonate with intensity of Stravinsky,
     chant with the mystery of Grieg,
     orchestrate with the majesty of Tchaikovsky,
     vibrate with the magic of chanting Gyuto monks.

Planets talk;
     Their spherical vibrations
     pulsate ultra-low frequencies of life;
     electromagnetic waves
     broadcast unique moments
     of patterned universality
     while mysterious, invisible rays
     from omnipresent space and time
     make magic here on Earth.

Meanwhile, with naive determination
     I carefully disassemble my radio
     looking for the music inside;

Frustration builds
     for I find only pieces of mechanical things.

I cannot find even one tiny shred of evidence
     of the wondrous symphony
     that moments before
     came from within its plastic shell.

Resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, and wires:
     these magical artifacts offer no clues;

This electro-mechanical mechanical universe
     is not a map that points the way
     to the magic of song.

Elsewhere, with the very same determination
     scientists dissect animals
     looking for the source of life,
     and take apart the human mind
     searching for the phantom captain,
     while the obvious truth
     is staring us in the face:
     life is everywhere
     and consciousness does not
     originate within the brain.

Plants and animals are bioradios
     optimized for the broadcasts of life;
our nervous systems
     are energy transformers;
our electro-chemical brains
     are organic televisions,
each playing its own variation
     of the inter-planetary music of the spheres,
each playing its unique pattern
     of cosmic consciousness.

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