Poetry & Physics


“Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars —
mere globs of gas atoms.
Nothing is “mere.” I too can see the stars on a desert night,
and feel them. But do I see less or more ?

The vastness of the heavens
stretches my imagination —
stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch
one million year old light…
What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the
why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it.
For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined!
Why do the poets of the present not speak of it ?

What men are poets who can
speak of Jupiter as if he were like a man,
but if he is an immense spinning
sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent ?”

-R.P. Feynman

3 Responses to “Poetry & Physics”

  1. April 19, 2008 at 9:51 pm


    Since we ourselves learned how to create,
    We’ve pondered our night sky’s creation.
    “Twinkle, Twinkle,” was the song we sang,
    Till Science showed stars are condensate
    Of dust and background radiation
    From the silent light of the Big Bang.

    We thought their movements controlled our fate,
    Reflecting Divine machination —
    Shining destinies placed out to hang —
    But Physics has informed us of late,
    Through sub-atomic perspication,
    Uncertainty’s the first law which sprang
    From the Chaos that fostered our state,
    And this precludes predestination;
    Phenomenology’s the harangue.

    Dwarfed by the studies that make us great,
    Adrift in cosmic segregation,
    We find quark-serpents sharpest of fang.

  2. October 24, 2008 at 3:40 am

    — James Ph. Kotsybar

    Physicists foresee a utopia
    (once they squint through micro-myopia)
    where all of the forces of nature should
    become unified and be understood.
    Even in science, letting go is hard,
    and notions are the hardest to divorce,
    but, to reach there, they’ll have to discard
    their classical point-particles of force.

    While Newton works large-scale, his physics fail,
    and even Einstein’s theories can’t subsist,
    when applied to the sub-atomic scale.
    The answers they produce just can’t exist.

    Particle physics, in quantum foam, sank,
    when its researchers walked the length of Planck.

  3. November 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

    — for CERN’s scientists

    They granulate the universe to pulp
    crashing particles only newly found.
    They figure their trajectories and gulp,
    “So much data upon which to expound!”
    Their energies unbound by quantum course,
    they separate the world we think we know.
    They rip particles into force by force.
    Unification’s where they say they’ll go.
    When at last they prove life is illusion,
    where do you think they’ll publish the result?
    They may just ascend beyond confusion
    and leave us in the lurch of the occult,
    for once that testimony’s imparted,
    expostulation just seems false-hearted.

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