Every Science Knows Genius

A Pause from Reading by Wilhem Menzler (1889)
A Pause from Reading
by Wilhem Menzler (1889)

Every science knows genius
And politics statesmen
Each realm has its angels
Each cliff its sirens

Each movement has yearning
Every age has its doubts
Cities can’t help burning
Proud armies seek routs

Each mouth wants conquering
Each dress laid aside
Resistance loves faltering
Where hands sometimes glide

—A ‘lost’ poem included in The Salt Island Diaries

This poem seems to meander from politics and science to love-making, but it is only about a genius lover and that lover’s subject matter

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