Milton with Galileo, 1638 by Cameron Clark

Milton with Galileo, 1638

You were old when we met, blind,
your guarded house a satellite,
full of clocks & books telescoping
into shadow. I was young: had come armed
with arguments & old heresy; but as you spoke silence
rose in me & I listened. You told me how each night the sky
had rearranged your sense of hierarchy:
the world, one more mothlike planet, endlessly
circling; of the book burnings, the cold-eyed guards,
your Church’s punishment. Look through the glass
you said, but clouds hung a ceiling
of stone.

& now, opening marble eyes to another
stone day’s darkness, counting the morning’s iambs
off like an abacus, I rediscover
you, taller, younger, steering
your gaze to the centre
& not finding Earth’s image there, but a tallow
of molten light you are the first to read by.

by Cameron Clark

Editor’s Note: The imagery, metaphors, and personification in this poem are expertly balanced, with each one contributing just enough surprise to the narrative to keep the reader completely engrossed.


One response to “Milton with Galileo, 1638 by Cameron Clark”

  1. 2mybox Avatar

    This poem has a lot going for it. For starters, the voice is calm, steady and male. There’s information I didn’t know: the blindness
    and arrest, I assume, as guards are mentioned. Also, the poem frames the period in time as 1638. This is helpful. I like poems that teach me something the best. Many thanks to the poet and Autumn Sky Daily.

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