Monday, 18 August 2014

'Kepler’s Conjecture'


             

Today I took some time


from staring at the stars


and ambled to the market.






Nothing too fancy, mind,


just one of those stack-em-high,


sell-em-cheap brigades






that are all the rage


in Germany. Perhaps attracted


by the colour, I got to thinking






about oranges, how lonely


they look arranged in single-file


and not the most efficient.






So I took out my parchment,


scribbled some calculations


to find the Egyptians were right






all along, and that pyramids rock.


Now I sit and wait for the world


to catch up, four hundred years






and one big computer, to prove


what any self-respecting orange-stacker


could have told you if you asked.
© Maurice Devitt

Maurice is reading for an MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, and has recently been short-listed for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Competition. He is working towards a first collection.