She engendered a quantum leap of thought
entangled in a prismatic locomotion forward
she had meant to do nothing more
than dream the afternoon away in a briar patch
became instead ethereal property by chance
between the mind of a man and a piece of glass
divided in a chemical downpour
a pulse of energy
became dual hope in the split
linked to a crystal doppelganger
their palms described in a press against the membrane
of twin stars
inside a partitioned crystal ball;
under a universal microscope
"She is the ultimate definition of the EPR paradox."
said the pointed little man in a gray coat
he thumbed an ancient papyrus
between the view of the alabaster specimen
and her smoky twin
displaced outside a nucleus
that could not quite be defined as matter
The modern day mythic speculation
spun an indeterminate spiral
from its helix
but only in theory
until the white queen leaned in and gave it a spin
with her sweet breath
in a single state
into myriad sighs
She came together at the apex
a gorgeous postulation in feathers
to be measured
for opposites and similarities
the gulf between the two
irrelevant as the pearls that fell from a strand
dived through sea foam
in a world drowned in blues
and trillions of thoughts bumping the waves
"If you can for a moment look at her as a theory, the hidden variables may be inclined
to disengage from her secret myth existence and give themselves a moment to breathe, to amuse and inspire.”
said the man in the tan coat;
the audience pressed their foreheads
against the glass
into a hypersonic whisper
as the dualities smiled and decided to give them a show
and began to communicate with one another
An induced collision moved her to separate her layers
give birth to her hidden self
as the area decayed around them
they had no choice but to relink in a brand new way
on a brand new day
that sent the branch of quantum physics
into a tizzy
space and time are the best joke ever played on man
reasonable modicums of perception are rarely spicy enough
for such a sharp species
ambiguous states spun through the nucleus of a gem like atom
will rarely bring about a validation of theorems
inside the generic realms of physics;
to be in this predicament
the woman had to shed her ego
and step out of her cell
into a metaphysical bath
take the quantum leap of division
to allow them to observe her distinct value
The woman had unintentionally stepped on the ultimate thorn
in a briar patch out of a creation myth steeped in a chemical dream
of the quantum entanglement theory ;
she looked at her reflection
except it wasn’t a reflection
Schrödinger shrugged out of his string coat
smiled from a pleat of a lotus
and let the cat out of the box
Copyright 2012 by Victoria Selene Skye-Deme; Painting: CamCreativeArt.Uk.com
*This poem was written after I challenged Selene to interpret the physics theory of quantum entanglement, in which a particle is split into two separate particles that, contrary to the laws of physics, appear able to interact at the speed of light. The two particles always have opposite properties. For instance, if one spins clockwise, the other will instantly start spinning counterclockwise.
Stanza 1: A particle such as an proton is split into two particle (twins) with opposite properties (one dark and one light), most likely using a magnetic field.
Stanza 2: The physicist explains that the twin particles defy the laws of nature by communicating instantly.
Stanza 3: One particle changes the direction of the spin, causing her dark twin to do the same.
Stanza 4: A more detailed description of how the laws of physics are defied. Time is measured in indivisible units known as chronons (represented by the pearls), but there are no chronons separating the twin particles.
Stanza 5: The twin particles conspire to give a show to their human observers.
Stanza 6: The show includes the warping of space and time.
Stanza 7: "Relativistically speaking space and time are the best joke ever played on man…" Current physics knowledge shows that neither time nor space are constant (both can be compressed or expanded,as described by the equation E=MC squared), and time may be an illusion unique to our universe. The twin particles demonstrate this.
Stanza 8: The light twin ponders her dark twin.
Stanza 9: Quantum physics takes on the properties of magic, with physicists as magicians. (References also to Pandora’s Mythical Box of evil (containing the atomic bomb) and Schrodinger’s Cat, a physics thought-experiment).