Quantum Writing – The Physics Of Stories #poem #poetry

I sit at my table, solid, present.

It’s very existence comforts.

I tap it; my knuckles resonate with it.

I push it; my fingers bend against it,

Defeated by its inertia.

My laptop sits snug on the supportive surface,

Stolidly unmoving as my fingers tap out a word.

Then another.

It’s part of the process

That gives shape to an idea.

From a solid form,

Comes a solid idea.

But my desk is a charlatan.

I cannot shift my desk but

It is full of holes.

I cannot see them

But I know they are there.

My table is more space than stuff,

Just particles waving, not drowning

Held together by electrical pulses.

So we are told.

You can’t see them;

You know they are there

by how other things react to their presence.

My words shift on the page

Unexpected holes you never noticed before.

Holes you cannot see.

You cannot know if the words work,

Until you see

How others react to their presence.

It’s only then you know those little words

Are held together by something more powerful than grammar.

The hidden forces that hold ideas together

become a story worth telling.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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5 Responses to Quantum Writing – The Physics Of Stories #poem #poetry

  1. Norah says:

    An interesting reflection, Geoff. I was thinking of the spaces between words when you said the table was more space than stuff, but you took the meaning deeper than that.
    Your poem connected with me.


  2. Very nicely done – once I realised that it wasn’t yourself you were describing in the first line 🙂


  3. Are you trying to make creative writing more complex as anything subjected to quantum physics touches becomes?
    The muse (as you well know) is easy to confuse. . .
    If all that space is annoying you, just adjust the line spacing setting in — oh, I see. The WP blockhead editor. . . Got it.


  4. L.K. Latham says:

    Adventures in writing: Nice!


  5. JT Twissel says:

    Little words these are not! Well done.


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