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Heart String Theory

Bound together by strings
that comprise matter
and antimatter, anything 
that does, could, or ever would matter.

That's why everything pulls together
then blasts apart
over and over
until we even don't flinch anymore.

Universes that fold over and under
manifold wrinkling
and tiny vibrations, little earthquakes,
that explain
There are hidden dimensions
all curled up
folded into common experience
so deeply buried we cannot attend to them.

Were we to think about them all the time
we might cease to do anything else.

I want to take up a violin
the bow hovering over the strings
and exact a deep series of pulls until the 
screeching sounds like music,
the metaphor of choice for philosophers,
physicists, and questioners of cosmic experience.

If the vibrations sound glorious
maybe the experience will be remembered as 
important, a lesson worth learning
instead of dissonance at a clumsy hand.

It is an elegant universe
with an explanation for everything --

Including why I miss you.

Copyright © Irene Hammer-McLaughlin

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  1. Date: 12/22/2009 3:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals Irene. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:06:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:18:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 10/22/2009 8:11:00 PM
    Dear Irene, Congratulations on your very thought evoking feature of the week. Lainie

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 2:33:00 PM
    Brilliant! Physics + poetry = Genius Stephen Hawking meets Walt Whitman!

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 10:36:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week >> James

  1. Date: 10/18/2009 4:54:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Irene. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/10/2009 5:36:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your awesome poetry today. Thank you Irene. I hope you have a wonderful fun filled weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/10/2009 7:01:00 AM
    Great write with a surprise for me at the end. Keep writing. Sara