The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—

The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As Sponges—Buckets—do—

The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—

After the class taught by Dr. John Chan tonight, I find this poem as a reaction to Reinhold Niebuhr’s claim that the transcendental ability of human nature as the origin of sin (The temptation to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). Imagination is boundless, much farther than the breadth of the sky and the depth of the sea, and even has Godlike power.

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