Absolute Zero, by Jon Wesick
Battered by molecules of impatience
cars on I-5 zig and zag in Brownian motion.
When the pressure cooker of daily obligation
finally vents, I park, unlock the front door,
and stagger into the vacuum of an empty room
. . .here and there . . . . a stray hydrogen atom
. . . .. . Law and Order rerun
. . . . . . . . or PBS pledge drive.
Physicists say entropy rules the universe.
So like random billiard balls of self interest
doomed to isolation and powerlessness
the American public elects arsonist
I resist but
the perpetual motion machine of romance stalls
my muscles straining
against a lover’s expectations
heavier than a steam locomotive.
Have I given up on people?
Have they given up on me?
Even my quantum cat abandons me
meowing, “You’re too needy,”
as he runs for the door.
Jon Wesick hosts Southern California’s best ice cream parlor poetry reading and is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He’s published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Metal Scratches, Pearl, Slipstream, Space and Time, Tales of the Talisman, and Zahir. The editors of Knot Magazine nominated his story “The Visitor” for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Meditation Instruction” won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another poem “Bread and Circuses” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists Contest. Jon is the author of the poetry collection Words of Power, Dances of Freedom as well as several novels. http://jonwesick.com