Thales of Miletus

(I)                The Prognosticator


Wandering over a dry land

naked toes streaked red black,

dry blood of stubbed digits,

feet that ache

the hot-plate earth,


his throat parched as the scorched dust,

stumbles on the hollow shell of a scorpion once-no-more and

crumbling when touched

Death is a hollow-flaking thing from this perspective

which is not Thales’ perspective, who,

a genius in his barbarian descent,

deduced, from considering the apparent absence of it,

that all

was water



is the same as


if the angle of A

is the same as

the angle of a

and the angle of B

is the same as

the angle of b”

he mumble-murmured

whilst navigating the high and wine-coloured seas

perturbed by nauseating nautical perspectives

There was salt on the lashes of his eyes

smarting vision when he rubbed



with the Lidians and Persians

still preparing their b-bloody ritual


Thales of Miletus

calculated the flow of water in the cosmic whirlpool

combining it with

the magnetic qualities of sun and moon

themselves water

and predicted that the morning battle

would become a night fight



squelched a grape

“All is water”

crunched a pip


he did not doubt

not for one instant

There can only be one

a priori

“All is water”

he reaffirmed


There were Seven Wise Men

Thales was one

– mathematical, astronomical –

who knew where and when men would tremble beneath the shrouded sun

which made men tremble

that he knew

where and when

The prophet,

who had used science and calculation to foresee,

could foresee abundance, and so


the large olive crop that no-one else imagined

Such success made ordinary men tremble

That a wise man could become rich

made men tremble


The wise man

staring at the stars

fell into a well,

and a serving-girl,

witty and attractive,



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s