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I love this poem, surely because of my own background as a physicist, poet, and Catholic upbringing. "Not so much discovering a law as seeing without expectation" is a wonderful phrase. There is something we can all learn from this poem.
I loved the imagery in this poem, from the slices of lemon to the incense in the church. But yes, "seeing without expectation" and then discovering what is so exciting to Galileo is in stark contrast to his ideas being subject to "judgment." Lovely poem.
This is quite likely my favorite poem of this year. It keeps on calling me back and each time I see a new facet in this gem. I look forward to an opportunity to read this one aloud to a group of poetry lovers. This is just flat beautiful.
Ditto Carolynne Ciceri's comment!