[A sonnet based on a passage from a sermon preached by John Donne at White-Hall, 8 April 1621]
The quarts and gills of blood from every vein;
We know each cistern, pipe, each duct and drain
Where matter masses and our fluids churn.
Within us are such rooms at every turn:
Larders, cellars, and vaults where we maintain
Those vats where wine turns water once again,
And vessels where mysterious fires burn.
But where’s the whirlpool of the covetous mind,
That endless hive of honey of our wit?
What place lies in our heart or brain for it?—
Less than thimbles, anatomists can find.