For Hans-Peter Dürr.

Hans-Peter DürrA man of peace has died,
a scientist, a quantum physicist,
who saw the world truly, which
is to say, saw it for what it was
in all its manifestations, in all
its grand potential for good and evil,
in all its absences and failures.

I remember talking with him
on a rainy night on a bus in Hamburg.
He leaned into the conversation
speaking earnestly, full of conviction
and good will. I recall the timbre
of his voice, deep and resonant.

On the evening of his 80th birthday
he danced far into the night.
Though his great kind heart has
ceased to beat, I imagine now
he dances still and still somehow
keeps up the fight for peace.

David Krieger
June 2014