In socket and ball Vesalius
saw a grand design — from
intricate flexed knees
inferred a Jeweler
filigreeing worlds.

Pound viewed askance such
memes: beneath seen forms
perceived blind anguish
multiplying — clocks
boned by Dali.

Marvell prescribed orgasmic cures:
in tangled limbs foresaw
an antidote — erotic speed

Post-moderns have been heard
to state that aimlessness
has displaced fate
and purgatory’s now
a treatment course

yet there’s a vestige
from anatomy class
beyond the reach
of orthopedics to correct:

conjoining is all,
is all. Only connect.

Michael H. Levin is a lawyer, solar energy developer and writer based in Washington DC. His work has appeared on stage and in chapbooks, anthologies and numerous periodicals, and has received poetry and feature journalism awards.;