The Electron Ponders, by Jon Wesick

After a day of frustrating interactions
the electron contemplates the roiling vacuum.
In this infinity of possibilities
all things – duct tape, church steeples, and diesel locomotives
appear out of nothing and then vanish
faster than the blink of a roadrunner’s eye.

He feels serenity’s soft embrace
while pondering the deep connection
between symmetry and nature’s laws
and how simple ideas determine their form –
cause and effect, the uniformity of space,
waves, and particles.

The electron comprehends
how the original perfection
of the early universe
spontaneously
……………..broke
and he wonders……..if the cosmos
could have been different.

As if his eyes had been scrubbed clean,
he sees deeper truths and would explain
if only he had a mouth


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

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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