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Poetry Friday: About Planck Time by George Bradley

May 19th, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: creative
Current Song: Revolution by The Veronicas

Once upon a time, way back in the infinitesimal
First fraction of a second attending our creation,
A tiny drop containing all of it, all energy
And all its guises, burst upon the scene,
Exploding out of nothing into everything
Virtually instantaneously, the way our thoughts
Leap eagerly to occupy the abhorrent void.
Once, say ten or twenty billion years ago,
In Planck time, in no time at all, the veil
Available to our perceptions was flung out
Over space at such a rate the mere imagination
Cannot keep up, so rapidly the speed of light
Lags miraculously behind, producing a series
Of incongruities that has led our curiosity,
Like Ariadne's thread, through the dim labyrinth
Of our conclusions to the place of our beginning.
In Planck time, everything that is was spread so thin
That all distance is enormous, between each star,
Between subatomic particles, so that we are composed
Almost entirely of emptiness, so that what separates
This world, bright ball floating in its midnight blue,
From the irrefutable logic of no world at all
Has no more substance than the traveler's dream,
So that nothing can be said for certain except
That sometime, call it Planck time, it will all just
Disappear, a parlor trick, a rabbit in its hat,
Will all go up in a flash of light, abracadabra,
An idea that isn't being had anymore.

- About Planck Time by George Bradley

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: May 21st, 2017 12:39 pm (UTC)

What a fascinating creation/destruction story!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 21st, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)

Science AND poetry!

Posted by: Michelle Kogan (Michelle Kogan)
Posted at: May 24th, 2017 01:27 am (UTC)

Wow, that's wild, and sure had me hooked in from the beginning to the end. Do you know if George Bradley created more on this universe of his? Hope we don't experience any Planck time here on earth.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 24th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)

Here's some fun info on Planck time:

Posted by: Michelle Kogan (Michelle Kogan)
Posted at: May 24th, 2017 02:08 am (UTC)

Thanks, reminds me a bit of "A Wrinkle in Time."

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 24th, 2017 02:27 am (UTC)

Good story. :)

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