by Sara Backer
She’s busy staring at a ragged alder leaf
backlit by setting sun: its complex
simplicity, fractals repeated in varying scale.
The word scale invites fish and symphonies.
She hears salmon muscling upstream and tastes
the cayenne of the xylophone
amid the low vibration of cello and bass.
She appears to be doing nothing, but only a brain
at rest allows patterns to reveal themselves,
the interface of world and mind its own sublimity.
On the brink of unlocking music and waves,
she is interrupted by people who want to pay her
to achieve something. Oh, the time
they force her to waste saying no, no, no.
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"The Genius" was first published in Mithila Review (India).