East and West

Western science, in love with stuff,
Of conscious thought was skeptical,
A mere subset of protein
And discharges synaptical.

The mystic East, reversing this
For centuries has taught
That stuff's not even stuff until
It's called to being by thought.

Time out of mind there seemed no way
To reconcile the two
Until those crafty scientists put
Electrons in review.

This tiniest of Nature's stuff,
They found to their surprise,
Had no defined existence
When not before their eyes.

And when they thought of it as stuff,
Or thought of it as wave,
Or didn't think of it at all,
Just so!...it would behave.