Johann Wolfgang von Goethe devoted half the Eighteenth Century
to a whole new approach to reality--
Nature is alive, not a bloodless mechanical toy
or a bland, empty black void.
Sinnlich-sittlich was this thinking man's dual expression
to suggest outward form linked to inner impression;
soon followed metamorphosis, archetypal plant, higher seeing:
Goethe hollowed out nature and found a human being.
Johann is known as a poet but most of his tomes
spoke mostly of chemistry and physics and little of poems.
Yet, in poetry Goethe seeded ur-words to birth vital truth:
we are trees, nature the root,
organic dew-laced life ever creating
new forms and shapes interrelating
to eventually crown a momentous peak-point when
godhood is reached and the Whole chorus repeats again.
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