photo by Nancy Dean Mercury


                            i am an aumnivore—
                            predator of aumnipotent,
                            aumnipresent and aumniscient...

                            — Nancy Dean Mercury, 7-6-2010

How this little rock has gotten so big?
His mouth, one-third the size of his head,
his face dark and his eye perfectly round.

Some six weeks ago they celebrated
the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man,
and this fellow looks like one of them.

I ask aumnivore what he has in his mouth,
but he can't speak, having just swallowed
a triangular stone whole and remains silent.

Could it be the Giant Pyramid of Giza,
the Philosopher Stone of the Alchemists,
or Platonic Lambda, Soul of the Universe?

Aumnivore has swallowed them all
like a Black Hole gobbling up galaxies.
And I recall the Taittiriya Upanishad

O wonderful! O wonderful! O wonderful!
I am food! I am food! I am food!
I eat food! I eat food! I eat food!

Born before the gods, gone beyond
the universe, shining like the sun—

I have swallowed all the light!

        — Peter Y. Chou
             Mountain View, 7-15-2010