10 July 2016

Escape From Oblivion

It was long thought that nothing

— not even light, not even a thought —

could ever escape a black hole.

 

But science has been missing something.

Over time

black holes leak the secrets

of everything that fell in

— sweet or sour

— male or female

— matter or antimatter

Information encoded in the twisting of light beams leaves

a telltale pattern on the horizon.

 

Everything is not swallowed inside

like a magician’s cloak. Black

holes evaporate. You could get out

— at least in principle.

 

Stephen Hawking tells us

not to be so afraid. Black holes are not

the eternal prisons they were thought.

If you feel trapped, don’t give up.

There is a way out. Limits

can always be transcended.

 

 

Found poem from a June 7, 2016, New York Times article by Dennis Overbye titled “No Escape From Black Holes? Stephen Hawking Points to a Possible Exit.

 

Comments

  1. Amen. Thank you.

  2. Brilliant. Even Hawking can see the light if he seeks it.

  3. My favorite part:
    “Over time

    black holes leak the secrets

    of everything that fell in”

    Makes me feel hopeful — and also a little nervous!

  4. I read it on my phone the other day and have returned a couple of times.

    “Black
    holes evaporate. You could get out
    — at least in principle.”

    One of the most encouraging things I’ve read in a while.

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