At happy hour Lucy maneuvers Noah
Into a booth with Chandra Engineer.
(Gopal has found the unaccustomed food
Together with the jet-lag, “rather much.”)
“Chandra,” she says, “You know of Noah Blazo,
And he’s a great admirer of your work—
I am surprised you didn’t meet at Tata.
It’s time you got together; you will find
That you have certain common interests.”
Chandra is exquisitely courteous:
“It is an honor to have met the man
Whose batteries lit up my satellite
And helped to save my city from the flood.”
“That flood,” says Noah, “hasn’t gone away,
As you and I both know. If all we do
Is what this meeting will end up proposing,
To make the planet simply hold its breath,
The seas will rise three meters anyway,
Enough to sink your Dhaka, Venice, Florida.
We want to tame the flood, and to this end
We think you have a piece of the great puzzle.”
“You flatter me,” says Chandra, “and I sense
That your word ‘tame’ means something I want too.
But can we take the Earth’s reins in our hand
And not inflict greater catastrophes
By every effort to correct our course?
You have a myth of an unready god
Who crashed the fiery chariot of the sun;
We have a myth of the just Yudisthira
Whose chariot fell because he spoke unwisely.
Was I just lucky when I piloted
The Ganga flood from that same satellite?
Might I have caused a greater accident
By fending off the less? Can we tame Chaos?”
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