Edgar Bowers Poems
|3.||An Afternoon At The Beach||4/22/2010|
|4.||The Stoic: For Laura Von Courten||4/22/2010|
|7.||The Mountain Cemetery||1/20/2003|
|8.||The Poet Orders His Tomb||4/22/2010|
|9.||The Virgin Considered As A Picture||4/22/2010|
|11.||Amor Vincit Omnia||1/13/2003|
|12.||For Louis Pasteur||1/20/2003|
For Louis Pasteur
How shall a generation know its story
If it will know no other? When, among
The scoffers at the Institute, Pasteur
Heard one deny the cause of child-birth fever,
Indignantly he drew upon the blackboard,
For all to see, the Streptococcus chain.
His mind was like Odysseus and Plato
Exploring a new cosmos in the old
As if he wrote a poem--his enemy
Suffering, disease, and death, the battleground
His introspection. "Science and peace," he said,
"Will win out over ignorance and war,"
But then, the virus mutant in his vein,
"Death to ...