Questions for Leonardo

Malinda C. Miller

Questions for Leonardo

Leonardo, how crowded it must be

where science, thought, and art cross paths. What signs

triggered your brain? What sounds? And what defines

the shape, the tone, the continuity

of light, of war, man’s lust, geometry,

and of your rhythm, motion, sight? Your lines

show how, in man and horse, muscle aligns,

show flight, His meal, her smile—show how we see.

Can you still see? Where does your vision end?

Men don’t agree on where life is confined

or at what point a spirit will diminish.

Tell me, what final form did you intend?

What elements competed for your mind?

And now, if you stood here, what would you finish?

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