Sister Megan Brown reads her poem
A transfer minister for religious sisters seeking to join the Sisters of Mercy from different orders, Sister Megan Brown is featured in our National Poetry Month with her poem, “With a Nod to Newton.” While no philosophy inspired the work, “I am fascinated by chaos theory, fractals, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Merton and the seeming contradictions in life,” she said. Sister Megan said poetry for her is above all about a generous God envisioned by Mercy founder Catherine McAuley.
With a Nod to Newton
By Sister Megan Brown
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Is gravity always downward?
Do we always fall
Could, at times, some other force be at work?
Perhaps the space-time continuum
Propels us upward
Like Hopkins’ kingfisher.
Perhaps we expand and contract
Like the cosmos whirling galaxies into being
Do we dive deeply into the ocean
Like dolphins playing
Surfacing to breathe
In order to penetrate the mystery of our own selves?
Is gravity always downward
Do strange attractors lure us
Into dynamic patterns
Mercy upon mercy upon mercy…