Zeroes & ones

Zeroes & ones
Endlessly beautiful
Emerge from logic gates
Turning on Turing lights.
Electrons zing
Hard drives sing
Life replicates.


The Theory of Relativity

When you throw a ball across a train
the ball moves with its own speed,
but if you watch from the ground
the ball travels at greater speed,
for it moves with the train
and sums two velocities.
Velocities are added depending upon
the observer’s reference-frame,
and all is as expected
until light enters the foray,
for the speed of light
on the ground
or the train
never seems to change.
But if the speed of light is constant
something else must give.
Could it be that space and time
are not definite?
To preserve D=RT
Einstein says they’re relative.
Scientific experiments have confirmed
time and time again
that space contracts
and time dilates
when you measure them.
The Theory of Relativity
holds true
for as long as light has been.

Relative, Or Not

If I fly
away in time
near the speed of light,
then I will live
longer than
people who do not.
For they remain
locked in space
with motion
all in time,
while I move
toward new space
where their time is naught.

Ancient Egyptian Astronomy

Glowing eyes
follow the rise
of Sirius,
brightest star
portending the sun,
heliacal rising
on the summer solstice
marking the days
when the Nile will flood.
Prediction of heavenly bodies
illuminate day and night,
unity of solar and lunar revolutions
every 1460 years,
enough to return
several times
through Egyptian dynasties
celebrated by magnificent feasts
in honor of the gods,
bright lights
of heaven,
precise patterns
ordering time.
Division of the celestial sphere
into Egyptian constellations.
Worship of lights
suggesting immortality.
Great monuments built
in honor of the sun god
allowing his light
to penetrate the interior
during midwinter times.
Great Pyramids
rise toward the heavens,
their bases perfectly aligned
with the four global corners
with remarkable precision,
open shafts
pointing toward stars
to eject dead Pharaohs
among the gods
where they belong.
Hieroglyphic stars
survive archaeological finds.
Tables of stars translate
heliacal risings.
365 days counted
in twelve months
of three weeks
of ten days
with five days
of endless celebration.
All astronomical predictions
bound by
the rising of the gods
the flooding of the Nile
the powers of the Pharaohs
who watched over
the first civilization
geometrically proceeding
from these lands.
A dream reflected
in the glowing eyes
watching Sirius,
a dream manifested
in the greatest wonder
of the ancient world,
tombs of starlight
pointing toward
the celestial north pole,
the rising and setting
of Ra
inspiring symmetry
where gods, geometry
and limitless minds
conspired to build a future
where predictions persevered
and the heavens reigned.

Trigonometry’s Rise

Dropping right triangles
in unexplored skies,
charting distances
from the center of the world,
constructing compass-generated lines…
“Let no one ignorant of Geometry
enter here,”
wrote Plato
at the academy’s entrance.
Similar triangles,
Pythagoras’ Theorem,
deriving the unknown
from the known,
distances given to measurements
that humans could never traverse.
The procession of logic,
the triumph of triangular skies,
the ratios and angles
of right triangles
so frequently used
their names emerged
from mystical minds
who ardently believed
that everything was number:
right triangle ratios
filling up pages
in the academies of Earth
whose simplification of puzzles
precisely determined
the circumference of the Earth,
our distance to the Sun,
and other marvels
requiring no technology
simply rapt brains
astute eyes
and proficience
in trigonometry’s rise.