Figure E12 WORLD-TREE
Just as the minute polyp, year on year,
Erects beneath the wave a mighty reef,
So, though measured ’gainst the heavens’ sphere,
A person or a species’ life is brief,
Life obeys, of all commands, the chief,
To multiply: across the spiral wheel
It spreads. For this infection, no relief.
Thus is the fabled YGGDRASIL made real
In countless bio-spheres of adamant and steel.