nuclear family

when you were alive
you were the nucleus
at the center of a fabulously complex atom
that formed a molecule distinct, unique

or so we thought
but perhaps nothing is so lasting
and you ended
energy transferred to other states
unfocused and lost to the system

chain reaction, fission
collision and disintegration
subatomic bickering
as like-charged particles repelled from each other

even the tiniest quark believes
the universe exists for its benefit
and each one of them
is correct

18 January 2011, Los Angeles


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