An experiment in the poetry of pparticle physics. Quantum theory and a link between modern science and medieval alchemy are not everyone's cup of tea perhaps but I think this verse provides some food for though.
An atom. The entire universe is contained within it,
and yet it's whole is wholly contained within
the smallest thing, the ancient scrpiture says.
Electrons dancing in a ring around a nucleus
with empty space between each and the centre,
insubstantial but a quantum leap
away from transubstantiation,
Lead turns to gold and gold to bread*,
the Alchemists goal and great obsession,
the Holy Grail secure within each atom.
We may seek the secret of the universe
in equations, ciphers, symbols,
chemical reactions, magnetic attractions,
helical molecules and mathematical rules.
We may seek the alpha and omega,
the start and end of everything, the truth of god.
But still we do not learn the lesson.
Until we understand there is no secret
neither in the universe nor locked in each atom;
things simply are. It works therefore it is
and if it does not work it cannot be.
All the science is in defiance of common sense.
The human mind can never understand
these things we seek to know, because
we are part of them and they the whole of us.
*bread: References in ancient Egyptian, Assyraian and Persian texts suggest the 'bread of heaven' referred to in the Old Testament was an orbitally rearranged monatomic element dervived from gold. This substance had, according to modern research into how it might be recreated, healing properties, the ability to cancel out gravity (which might help explain how the Pyramids and the Tempkle of Solomon in Jerusalem were build, and many other 'miraculous' properties that would help solve the most pressing problems humanity faces.
Beam Me Up Brian - Scientists Say Teleportation Is Possible
materialism, determinism deconstructed