Problem Set
by Peter M. Gordon

How does 165 pounds of carbon-based matter
Become aware of itself?
Compose opera, play baseball
Love, worship, fear and hate?
Search through ancient parchment fragments
Mounds of philosophy texts
Digital servers in the cloud
Crowded with wise podcasts
Sweep them with a cosmic broom
Into the Universal dustpan
Next to pinheads covered with
Countless dancing angels
Pile them in a celestial bonfire
Kindled with old doctoral theses
Watch the blazing conflagration
Disintegrate potential solutions
Exposing, finally
That naked, hairy
Last Question.

Peter M. Gordon has worked as a theatre director, writer, teacher, television programmer, and producer. He always loved reading poetry, and began writing poetry a few years ago when an essay he was writing about his oldest son came otu as a poem. He lives in Orlando, Florida, where he’s a member of the First Monday Poetry Group. Peter’s poems most recently appeared in 34th Parallel Magazine and in “Poetry to Feed the Spirit.” Peter also writes a content development blog: