Archibald MacLeish Science Poem ?Sigmund Freud? T-Shirt
Archibald MacLeish?s wonderful poem about science, and the wonders it can?t explain--Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers the Sea Shell--is arranged in waves on this t-shirt. It?s a perfect gift for you or your favorite scientist, science teacher, MacLeish devotee, poetry lover, or anyone who is awed by the beauty, mystery, and complexity of our world. Here is MacLeish?s poem: Science, that simple saint, cannot be bothered figuring what anything is for: enough for her devotions that things are and can be contemplated soon as gathered. She knows how every living thing was fathered, she calculates the climate of each star, she counts the fish at sea, but cannot care why any one of them exists, fish, fire or feathered. Why should she? Her religion is to tell by rote her rosary of perfect answers. Metaphysics she can leave to man: she never wakes at night in heaven or hell staring at darkness. In her holy cell there is no darkness ever: the pure candle burns, the beads drop briskly from her hand. Who dares to offer her the curled sea shell! She will not touch it! She knows the world she sees is all the world there is! Her faith is perfect! And still he offers the sea shell... What surf of what far sea upon what unknown ground troubles forever with that asking sound? What surge is this whose question never ceases?