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STIRRING UP THE BOTTOM
We have started a poetry revival in historic Shockoe bottom and shall continue to stir it here on the 
World Wide Web.

 


JUNE  2007



 

FORMULAH  FORMULEII

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The Hawking formula for everything

Is set against the sprawling vista of the

Night sky, which we once mistook for

The Heavens, unnumbered and

Incalculable, smeared with angel dust

And viewed thru the unclean windshield

Of history as a road hazard, but no longer

Subject to our being burned at the stake

For saying something off handed about it

To the pious and astronomically righteous.


Yes, the formula for everything includes

All the white light you can soak up,

No matter how often you refract it or

Reflect on mental mirrors of perfect 

Numbers and perfect lenses ground

By eye of Newton bent on alchemy.

Once fractured - always a fractoid -

Shattered shadoobie, because the 

Hawking fraction contains an S which

Reassembles all we can apprehend.



The other side of the equation is us

And all the physical attributes of us

Distilled to a few letters which further

Include light-cubed, a cubicle of light 

Burning late into the night, a fraction

Of what it costs to get thru that night of

Light, which when compared to midnight

Oil can only be measured in blood and

Spent lives plus the notion that blood

Will pay for everything in this formula….

 

May even, pay for the cosmic nimbus

Of godless eternities it took to make us.

Yes dear Hawking, we believe you.

SIGMA IS what it all adds up to,

The long division, the short division

And the tall, especially when spoken

Like a Pakistani cab driver over a bad PA.

A totally tubular, no make that a totally

U-tubular tensor shearing experience:

Both sides of the equation Symmetrical.

 

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