Chaos Theory

This being, undiscovered identity
behind the original atomic mote –
one neutrino, or wave, or string
away from infinity in the vastness
of our single minuscule universe
among the infinitude of all possible
universes, the isness of it all.

If I stoop to calculate, step my bare-
foot way out of Eden unpropelled
by awe, I have not even fallen.
The photograph does rob from the soul,
and calculation is mere photography.

The true physics is still all dream,
palpable until dawn, soaring
nevertheless at light speed to escape
the flick of the shutter, the switch
on the blank wall that turns life
into artifact. It is our incalculable
physics of dream and story.

Richard Fenton Sederstrom is the writer of six books, including Eumaeus Tends, and Selenity Book Four. His new book Sorgmantel, follows a view of Lucretius, but employs time, the predicate of physics, into a search for what can be imagined out of the possible and impossible. It can be read, perhaps, as an elegy for generations whose existence humankind is threatening, including humankind. Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.