Shouting “Eureka!” In A Crowded Library
What a time for an epiphany.
Right in the middle of a tricky job
Is not when you’d choose
For the world to roll back its darkening veil
And show you the Great Secret we all suspect
Everyone else knows but which has hitherto been hidden from us.
Archimedes, the lucky bugger,
Had his moment of blinding clarity
Mid-bath. His trickiest task
Was to cover the necessaries with a towel –
Which, incidentally, he conspicuously failed to do.
Still, I guess it beats working for a living.
‘It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.’ – Lois McMaster Bujold, author’s afterword to Cordelia’s Honor