Faintest Attraction

By Richard Fein

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No, you can’t move mountains,
and your pounding fists won’t budge them an inch,
but your very presence creates a tidal force,
though no ocean waves will break over those high rocks.
Don’t be flattered, any mass in this universe will do,
for the mathematics that covers your gravity
covers all other gravities just as heavily.
True, mountains remain rigid
and their peaks will never bow before you
yet there is within them
the slightest tension to draw closer.
And this same tension arises
in the earth beneath and the planets and stars above.
No human-made seismograph
can measure the nanodynes of attraction,
but some divine register surely is recording
how all existence is somehow compelled
to gather by your side.

– Richard Fein