Linear History

by Arthur Mampel

Would she bring me a dictionary
and she did;
the word in question

was “linear.” I recall
some professor
saying the Hebrew wrote

a linear history that went
straight to the heart
of the matter, without

the complexity of diversion,
without the cloudy logistics
of true science,

a history of story and metaphor
so much finer than the dull
telling of reality,

filling the mind
with questions

diverting it to less
important views that confuse
and gloss over the mysterious.

A crow on a straight flight over land
is like the soul’s
undaunted quest for place.