Poetry topic idea: physics

Today’s poetry topic idea is physics.  In writing about physics a poet could write about a number of things.  A poet could write about:

  • Forces such as gravity and magnetism. A poet could explore them, ideas about how they work, and the idea that they are unseen.
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  • Fundamental particles. A poet could look at protons, neutrons, and electrons, as well as smaller particles.
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  • Physics equations. An example might be something like force = mass * acceleration2.  A poet could examine the equation and apply it to other things.
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  • Big physics ideas. This could be things like the expanding universe or time travel.

Here is an example poem using the idea of physics:

It is said
that two objects
cannot occupy
the same place
at the same time.

If the time is the same,
the place must be different.

If the place is the same,
the time must be different.

Yet,
what of nonphysical things?

Could a person,
have two thoughts,
at the same time?

Two emotions?

Two fears?

Two hopes?

Can these things
be in the same place
at the same time?

There once was a man
who stood by a grave
as a small child
laid flowers
and said,
“Now go to sleep.”

Sadness
grief
sympathy
empathy
love
compassion
hope

All in the same place
at the same time.

Although
a learned person
would say
that this would not
go against the rule,
that all the different things
are really one thing
at one time
or different things
at different times
and that in some sense
the places vary
too.

And yet,
to the man,
by the grave,
this is all in the same place
at the same time.