Thursday, October 21, 2010

Emily Dickinson + Large Hadron Collider = Awesome

One of the best things about liking both poetry and science are the associations that occasionally flare up there-from.

Like this:

After great pain a formal feeling comes--
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions--was it He that bore?
And yesterday--or centuries before?

The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
Regardless grown,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.

This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow--
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.


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