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Ode to a Quantum

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I sit here now

My fingers strumming

My pen is flying

My mind is running

Like a tempest

it lashes downward

again and again

knowledge expanding

one, two, three, four

it strikes

pi, i, infinity, more

down upon the page

For I see the numbers

strewn across the page

X, Y, to the power of,

logarithms, roots, and radicals

But I see the life

the life behind

the motion imbedded

the colors unpainted

I see the light

I see the motion

I see the power

I see the glory

For it is the number

that is the ultimate language

it is the number

that speaks

Language, Love,

Desperation, Fear

Image, and Movement,

Time and Space.

They lift now

from my page

rising in a holy maelstrom

above my head

Flying higher and higher

whirling faster and faster

An aurora of Truth

A corona of Beauty

For it is the number that is God

The universe rising above my page

I see it rise

I see it expand

I see it spin

I see it whirl and whirl and whirl

I see it whirl within

I see it whirl without

and I see it fall.

I see it fall downward into microcosm

Into a speck of nothing

Into a mote of everything

I see it fall down again and again

For a second the darkness hovers before me

And then it explodes

And from the fire comes color

and from the color comes life

I put down my pen

I close my book

I lean back in my chair

and I smile.

“Ode to a Quantum”

~By Michael Lenahan

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