The night air is hot
Heavy dark and damp
I sit by the back door of my imagination
in the green denseness of dreams
there lies a brick courtyard
that faces the western sea
The rain grows hard
and blows soft mists
across my warm face
I imagine they are your tender kisses
and a smile forms across my ruby lips
I gaze out into the abyss
straight to the deep nothings that darkness
creates from everyday
A thought from the back of my mind
commands me to
I can do nothing else
and the dark trees and moonlit sky
beckon me toward the light
through a meadow of wet silvery grass
there is a pool where my dreams lie
across a galaxy and six thousand miles
waiting for the impossible
by the back door
on an idle rainy Friday
and the sky opens up
stars like tears that stain the night
the persistent moon
haunts the sky
the very same lonely sky we share
and your name lies unspoken on my lips
like a lost promise
under the warmth
of a distant sun
©2013 copyright. N.L. McKinley
We are star dust. We are atoms, molecules, particles and quarks. We are flesh and bone and hearts and minds. We are human and we live in a complex universe full of mystery. I am an artist, a writer and poet. I have many varied interests which mix in my brain and leads me to think some pretty interesting thoughts.
For years I have been curious about the universe at large and how it became to be. As I mentioned before, my mind is slanted toward the more creative side of the spectrum, but physics, especially quantum physics is a subject that intrigues me. I have read about a dozen books on the subject; ones that are written for the layperson like myself. Contained therein these books are concepts which are very difficult for my creative and whimsical mind to grasp. One of these is the subject of Entangled Particles.
Einstein, one of my heroes and an altogether fascinating and smart guy called the subject of entanglement “spooky action at a distance.”
“Inside the atom, electrons exist in orbits around the central nucleus. And just as the Earth spins daily on its axis while orbiting the sun, electrons also have spin. That Particles such as electrons can also become ‘entangled’, so that any measurement of the spin of one of them is correlated with the spin measured on the other – no matter how far apart they are! The ‘non-locality’ of this entanglement means two particles can be considered as a single object, even though they may be separated by some distance.”
To me, in my silly mind, this is not so much spooky as it is romantic….and it just gets better; no matter how far these entangled particles get from each other, they stay intertwined and behave as one, even on opposite ends of the universe; Star-crossed lovers if I’ve ever heard of them.
We humans are made up of these countless particles.
This makes me think of these two particles; together as one until one day out of the blue and from no doing of their own…they are split apart… just like that. And hurled into opposite ends of the universe. I know what you’re thinking; how tragic!
Isn’t that just the way. I have seen many romantic movies with the same plot. Boy meets girl and boy loses girl…just like that. These entangled ones are so “into each other” they keep acting the same no matter how far apart they get from each other. He may be in the jungles of South America and she may at her country estate on the moors of Wuthering Heights but they never forget how it was to be together and long for each other like crazy.
In the cold reality of space we know these entangled particles will never meet again but in the affairs of the heart we know that often love finds a way. So say a million billion trillion years pass and these entangled particles meet again somehow; would they recognize each other?
Ah…as Shakespeare would say; that’s the rub and this is my point….
Ever meet someone who you already knew? Someone you could fall into and float with forever? Maybe that’s why; it may be our particles recognize each other. Spooky? I say not….I say it’s a Quantum Romance.
Just a few thoughts from the mind of a “nutcase”
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
****References and Related Articles****
Quantum Entanglement (wikipedia.org)
Spooky Action at a Distance (pbs.org)
Spooky Action at What Distance? [Uncertain Principles] (scienceblogs.com)
The first quantum entanglement of photons through space and time (wikileaks-forum.com)
Love at first sight
I must confess, I am a lifelong lover of books. Even before I learned to read I was attracted to them and it was love at first sight. I needed to know how to unlock the secrets contained within. Luckily I took to reading easily and it didn’t take long for the attraction to grow and blossom into full-blown love.
I am a voracious reader and I am in awe of the written word. There are only so many and every one is vitally important. It is in the careful arrangement of them that make all the difference. I carry these words with me as I traverse my life in this “interesting” time we live in.
Books are like old friends to me and at times they have been my only friends. They have seen me through countless waiting rooms and long bus rides. Through sleepless nights and lazy rainy Sundays, I have enjoyed their company and they have enjoyed mine. A book makes no demands. It doesn’t scold. It sits silently and waits to be picked up and read. I can curl up with a good book like a warm blanket and be comforted by the words therein.
It is not only the words in the books that comfort me. It is the books themselves. Each one has its own personality. I like the shape and feel of them. I savor the way the pages flicker between my fingertips and the sound that it makes. It’s an intimate tactile experience that could never be replaced by any electronic means.
It is difficult to describe the titillating excitement I feel upon receiving an eagerly awaited book by a favorite author, with the crack of the spine and the flip of the first page, a whole world spills out and my senses come alive with anticipation.
Books take the reader on a journey to countless places real and imagined. They can entertain and amuse. Books can inspire and give insight and knowledge that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.
Good books make me think. Excellent books make me feel as well as think. They have shaped me and have given me a deep respect and appreciation for life and all of its wonderous forms. Some have changed me profoundly and forever.
Books are a window into another universe where the possibilities are limitless.
I have favorites that change and alter as my life and love affair with stories and the written word continues. What these authors have writtten have not only influenced me as a writer and a reader but as a person as well.
Have you been shaped by books in your life? How? What books or authors have inspired you? Let me know.
For more inspiration check out my fresh quotes page for quotes on books…….and Happy Reading.