Richard Feynman’s Commute, by Jon Wesick


Feynman backs out his Dodge van
and tunes the radio to KPCC.
“Sigalert on the 210.”
He shifts gears into Q for Quantum
and simultaneously drives all paths to Cal Tech.

Most Feynmans head south on Hill or Lake Avenues
but a few of his probability waves take extreme paths.
One follows I-15 into the Mojave Desert, loops south,
and approaches the campus’s soft underbelly.
Another stops for a snack on the Santa Monica pier
and peels shrimp, leaving a pile of pink shells on the plate.

Hair flying in the breeze Feynman rides a spinning teacup in Anaheim.
Arm resting on the doorframe, he cruises Rodeo Drive
admiring the bell-shaped hips of women toting shopping bags.
In the Andromeda Galaxy
he shakes the tentacle of the Squid Men’s monarch.
“Nice to meet you, King!”

Paths cancel. Others reinforce.
Those who will themselves blind to miracles
simply see Feynman’s van pull into the parking lot.

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.

Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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