Poetry Club, day 14

If you’ve read The Joy of Poetry, you know I have a note in the Acknowledgments apologizing to people who gave me permission to use a poem that for one reason or another I didn’t end up using. This is one of those poems. Not only did Marcus give permission, but we have the same publisher, who also agreed. So here it is. A science-y love poem.


Revolution Day

for Amy Goodyear


Under French and Swiss, it loops

straddling resistance and neutrality

in tunnels that are many stories

tall. They’ll accelerate particles.

Who knows what that means—

except their white coats and access keys.

The Higgs particle could be in reach

Signatures of supersummetry, too.

Right. I say, accelerate this family.

Send mom round the rings.

Counter-rotate dad and kids

all of them riding seven trillion

electron volt beams like some carnie

just set it up in a mall parking lot:

“6 tickets a ride, or get a wristband.”

Start the flight that ends with a smash.

We’ll all super-collide to find immensity,

energy, strange answers to strangers’

questions. Asymmetry’s embedded here

in the universe—even families—even moms.

Somebody chose what stays and what goes.

Dark matter, gone. Life, the universe,

everything has 23 per cent dross, so mom

lick your finger, smudge the cheek of all

existence and say, Smile for the camera.


Marcus Goodyear


Your turn.



  1. I enjoy science and poetry together. It’s interesting to see which direction the poet goes, and the results are often unpredictable (just like science experiments can be…. 🙂

    I like this line: “Send mom round the rings” Haha! Can’t every mom just envision that and what that means?
    It’s interesting; the camera pose and how all of it is a deeper metaphor. Makes me stop and think- and it’s also unexpected.

    I’ve also enjoyed reading a few poems by Madeleine L’Engle; she’s mixed science and poetry, too, just as she did with her fiction.

  2. “so mom

    lick your finger, smudge the cheek of all


    I had to go read up on the Higgs particle. I dropped out of high school physics. 😉