by Vytau K. Virskus


It is said there is a wall
That is so high, so beyond count,
Described as being far too tall
For mind or matter to surmount.
What can be done seems limited by
What hands can touch and eyes can see.
Yet what lights beyond the shadows lie,
What truth beyond the horizon be?
What can’t be seen seems out of reach
To mechanism, man, or mind.
Though edifices have been built
By those who are completely blind.
It’s said stars light cannot exceed,
A time through distance that must be
A limit which, for now, proceeds
A constant through infinity.
To those intrepid souls that seek
What eyes or thoughts still cannot reach,
And do not submit, nor remain meek
When challenged by the chasm deep.
A universe now may be large or small;
Dreams but the shore of a vast sea;
Discovery dwells on horizon dark;
And light may speed past relativity.
Those whose eyes are young and bright
May be starting on the brink,
Of a journey that just might
Find a truth we cannot now think.
Whatever t’is that just can’t be!
In my own venturing mind
Is only waiting for discovery,
For impossibility…is yet to be defined.


Vytau K. Virskus was born in a displaced persons camp in Tübingen, Germany, shortly after World War II. His parents had fled their home in Lithuania on the eve of the second Soviet occupation. The family immigrated to the United States on a liberty ship in 1950. He grew up in Flint, MI, where his father found work as an engineer with General Motors Corporation and later attended Michigan State University. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and worked at MSU as an operations and energy manager until he left to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Virskus is the principal and founder of Millenium Engineering Co. and serves as an energy and engineering consultant with over 35 years of experience in the field. He is also an avid skier, fly fisherman, and sailor, and has studied classical piano. In his “spare” time, he enjoys drawing birthday cards for his wife Cathy, and writing poetry for his three adult children whom he hopes to inspire to great thoughts and great things.

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