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Guericke's sparrow

„ … more exquisite than gold, devoid
of all becoming or passing away …"
- Otto von Guericke -

what is invisible, yet so powerful
that no force can withstand it? a circle
of burghers gathered around master guericke
and his construction: the vacuum pump
towering on three legs in the room, a perfect
piece, standing there with the obscene grace

of the mantis religiosa. polished brass,
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