Science & Technology
Theory of Relatives (after Einstein)

Now that we know
within a given stone
the atoms dance
and interweave,
     consider the obdurate
     unchanging family --
     its seeming stasis,
     all repeated endless
tropes, meanwhile
aswarm with particles
that choose for their own
reasons to maintain that
     shape, contained within
     which your bright dream
     of falling off the roof
     might bring surprising joy.

Photo Credit:US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Copyright 2006, 2008,  Allan Douglass Coleman

Allan Douglass Coleman writes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, makes music, photographs, and produces various other forms of visual art. His poetry and fiction have appeared in BlackWater Review, The Cape Rock, Creative Nonfiction, International Poetry Review, Lalitamba, Nimrod, Poetry Motel, Passager, Pudding, and Urban Desires. He can be found online at  Theory of Relatives (after Einstein) was originally published in Into the Teeth of the Wind, Spring 2006.

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