And Mean It, Too (Poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer)

And Mean It, Too (Poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer)
And Mean it Too Poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

(Detail from Embroiled by Polly Castor)

And Mean It, Too

In every second, one hundred trillion neutrinos
pass through the body: One hundred trillion

subatomic particles move through us
as if we were sieves, no, as if we were nets

with holes so big that whole islands
travel through without us noticing.

It thrills me to think of the self so porous,
so leaky. Imagine if thoughts, too,

could clear us with so little friction,
so little affect. How many hopes and hurts

just today have I let stick? Imagine
them breezing through the aorta, imagine

them gliding through the brain, slipping through
the core of us, finding no purchase, no anchor.

Imagine the miracle that in any given moment
we don’t fall through our chair, our bed, the floor.

Imagine, permeable as we are, we still coalesce
enough to look at another, to see each other as whole.

We still manage to pick up the mesh of a phone,
succeed in moving our holey lips,

and hundreds of trillions of neutrinos later,
with total certainty, manage to promise a solid I love you.

Imagine, with these pervious hands
we might carry each other, might cradle

each other, might welcome each other home.


by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

And Mean it Too Poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Permeable (mixed media) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. John gregory 3 years ago

    Thank you….

  2. LOREE A. OGAN 3 years ago

    What a wonderful poem Thanks Polly

  3. Shanti 3 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for your lovely website!

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