The Fashion of Physics
by Marianne J Dyson
Saturday, September 20, 2003
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This poem (about the wave/particle duality of light) was written for Dr. Stan Schmidt, the editor of Analog magazine who bought my first science fiction story, as a thank-you note. I sometimes sing it to a country tune, using the first stanza as the chorus.
The Fashion of Physics *
by Marianne J. Dyson
The photon is a woman
deciding what to wear,
A patterned or a solid dress?
the answer isn't clear.
If you peek while she's deciding
she'll choose one just for you,
But when your back is turned again
she'll try on something new.
Even with a closet full
she'll not be satisfied,
For styles often cancel out
or wrongly coincide.
She'll slip into a dressing room
to test out something sheer,
Then change into a rigid mood
unhappy with the mirror.
Eventually she is arrayed
to interact with you,
But she arrives, to your surprise
in not one gown, but two!
*as published in Analog Science Fiction magazine, April, 1993
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|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|This is compellingly thought-inciting, Marianne. It's got my attention. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
|Oooooo something to tantalize the mind and provoke thoughts, very much enjoyed this one!
|Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
|Yeah...very very deep and interesting write my friend.....BHUWAN|
|Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader)
|This is very, VERY cool. It flows and dances in its own world, and is gracious enough to let us in for a while. Brilliant, bravo.|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
This was very interesting indeed! I enjoyed this from beginning to end.
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)