because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

brief empirical note on rigid body dynamics

The refraction of one-way windows
into remorseless blue-
puddle pasts full
of breaking
glass and sad Sunday

mornings angles
incidentally with the co-
efficient of sweet f(r)iction that
beads sweat on rivergrass
in December sunlight.

(Their shattering is
a thing beyond
the imperfect forces that pull
bodies & universes
together.)

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14 responses

  1. Empirically speaking the forces of the universes DO NOT act imperfectly , but perfectly with astonishing mathematical symmetry and cohesion. As masons we refer to God as the Grand Architect of the Universe. But if we are observants of the universe from non empirical perspectives such as philosophy and theology (like a poet)the forces of nature that pull bodies and universes together are quite imperfect as you suggest in my opinion.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

    • gonna get myself in trouble here, i’m afraid, since my physics is a little rusty, but it depends on what you’re calling “perfect.” Friction (like air resistance and other forces which depend on some coefficient particular to the substance) is one of those forces which can take an ideal system from a perfectly elastic interaction to one which is less “ideal.” Empirically. or something like that. 🙂

      certainly, this was meant to be as much philosophical/metaphoric as it was physical.

      thanks, Carl.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  2. smoking…love the voice in this…makes me want to take notice…love the fiction friction…and the last stanza is spot on…really enjoyed joanna

    December 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

    • thanks, brian. 🙂

      December 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

  3. imperfect forces they are…but still powerful forces..smiles..hmmm…smokin’…

    December 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    • 😉 gracias, Claudia!

      December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

  4. belladonna23

    an interesting write, so many thoughts flooded me after reading this.. it’s hard to put into words. What seems imperfect is amazingly beautiful, and gladly so. I think that’s how the world is meant to be

    December 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  5. the word bar

    another strong write…this one had me thinking, and not about physics.
    much enjoyed 🙂

    December 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    • appreciate it, Lynne. 🙂 hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

      December 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

  6. An intense and powerful write.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  7. The black and white colors of your blog make the emotions coming out of your words so colorful! I like the December sunlight and the morning angels …

    December 15, 2011 at 1:47 am

    • aww…. thanks, Blaga!

      December 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

  8. amazing work.

    December 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    • thank you! 🙂

      December 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

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