Invocation to the Epic Muse
by Thomas Davis
The string’s untuned! Degree, priority
And place, insisture, course, proportion, form,
Season, office, custom–all are made
Disordered, mutinous, as unified
As raging seas and shaking earth. Stability is shaked.
Commotion in the winds and changes, frights
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate.
The Clockwork Universe is dead! And God,
Our Father who art in heaven, does play dice.
Planck’s constant proves that Heisenberg’s
Uncertainty is fundamental in the universe.
We look at light as if it’s made of waves,
Then see it’s made of particles that smear.
Quarks live! And yet, they’re probability, a sea
That crests and falls, appears and disappears
Until, at last, improbably, uncertain, mad
With change that computations photograph,
Light is, we are, the universe exists.
I walk in Purgatory looking up
Toward the shining Earthly Paradise.
I long to see the Griffon bathed in light
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