Ernest Rutherford takes Lucretius inside the atom
Ernest Rutherford

You were right, of course, as far as it went
(this is a compliment)
to unhouse the gods, and send packing
the naiads, dryads and spirits of place,
reducing the world to something and nothing,
the indestructible and empty space.
Now, let us dismantle
the indestructible.

David Callin


If you have any thoughts on this poem, David Callin would be pleased to hear them.