The sweep of the second hand,
the minute hand is constant, each
moment as long as the last, none
longer, none shorter and yet I know
that Einstein was right in noting that
things unpleasant take forever, while
all that is joyful passes quickly,
even when the elapsed time is the same.
What Albert didn’t say is that
the unpleasant leads us to look
for the future, keeping us
locked out of the present moment.
That which is pleasant keeps us present
and the future seems to come
too quickly, the pleasure slipping away.
It is, in the end, merely perception
and I prefer to remain in the present
for it is all that I have, and
all that I choose to make it.
In the space
of a moment
can be engulfed,
light pours forth
from a black hole,
over the event horizon,
space curves in
until it is yesterday.
feasts on Albert’s twins
and the dice
locked in a rent
in the continuum.
Space is bent in on itself,
a temporal Klein bottle.
Inside the event horizon
until the purr
of the naked singularity
can no longer be heard.
The Escherian path
winds slowly across
the Königsberg bridges
crossing each once
until the twins are
no longer paradoxical
but merely lonely.
Einstein said, and I assume he believed,
that God didn’t play dice with the universe.
Hawking disagreed, said God was
an inveterate gambler and worse still
he would not only throw the dice but
he is so sarcastic that he would gladly
confuse us by throwing them
where they can’t be seen.
You have to wonder about a God
both omniscient and omnipotent.
Albert was right, even with
the house odds, God couldn’t gamble
for there was no way he could lose
unless he wanted, and that isn’t gambling.
And Stephen, he who so easily rejected knight
had to know that with omniscience
there is no place God cannot see.
We are utterly blind most of the time
with eyes wide open.
Where I live we have hills. Mostly we have hillocks, but here they call the very high hills mountains so we have to call the hillocks hills. It is a question of relativity. Einstein understood relativity. He was born near Feldberg which rose nearly 4900 feet up. He lived in New Jersey where you could find the Kittatinny Mountains, reaching a majestic 1800 feet. My brother in law lives on a quiet mesa, flat and so often desolate, with mountains in the distance. My brother in law doesn’t look down on Einstein though he could from his house at 7000 feet. But he looks nearby at Wheeler Peak at 13000 feet and feels relatively small. Einstein never visited Wheeler Peak. I have never visited the Kittatinny Mountains. Einstein and I both have climbed hillocks. Relatively speaking.