Catering To Isaac


I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, little by little, into a full and clear light.

                                                                                Isaac Newton


Noon, you turn this room to twilight

closing shutters so the sun

can slip through one hole

and become a slender spine.


Last night your fingers rubbed

a different kind, the reed of a woman’s back

as I floated beneath candlelight.


Your touch was cold from probing

metal spheres and clocks. They tracked

your journey to an evening star.


Slowly, your hand relinquished

the weight of numbers

and fell toward the flesh.


You satisfied a woman, stroked

my sheer whiteness, its tone familiar

not strange like the bridal beam

of light you now court, calculate

with a master’s eye.


I have left some apples on a tray,

though your hunger is beyond food.

Both are polished ; so if you slice the fruit,

please think of me.


I have dusted everything

with a night dress and laid

my reflection on cool silver.





  1. Certainly a different image of Isaac Newton! This has the feeling of the previous night being discussed, where others might hear and be scandalized, with carefully chosen words disguising what the other person would clearly know and understand. Delicately and deftly done.


  2. Hi Michael

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this poem! Yes, it does present a different picture of Isaac , often known as a genius and a loner, but I took artistic license and stretched my imagination a bit. And this is really old going back to 2004. Recently found it my archives and decided to dust it off with some small edits. glad you liked it!

    Hi Sarah

    What a lovely thing to say about my writing and this poem! I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and always appreciate, too, your constant encouragement of and interest in my work. It meas alot!!

    My Best to you both,
    take care


    • Thanks so much Craig

      for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the poem and deeply appreciate your interest in my work!

      My best,


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