CUSP

CUSP

A Poem by alanwgraham
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Thoughts about destiny

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Cusp


We once believed in fate,

our path predetermined

to some future date.

Somehow ordained,

by powers supernatural.

But now we've moved on!
Our future unknown.


Janus like,

the electron exists two faced

its future uncertain.

Am I a wave?

Am I a particle?

Both - the truth.

The future, a toss of the dice.


each foot on the pedal

each finger on the button

each tongue on a word

poised on the cusp of existence

 

Some take comfort in destiny,

all responsibility removed.

Take heart!

Fate’s illusion

has set us free.


(Advances in quantum theory a century ago led to the understanding that the behaviour of particles such as electrons is a matter of probabilities. The old view that the universe unfolds in a deterministic or predictable way according to the laws of physics was gone. The commonly held belief in destiny or fate had been shown to be baseless!)

 

 


© 2017 alanwgraham



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I love the way this provokes me to ponder the possibilities. I spent most of my life preferring to accept "fate" (not becuz I gave it a lot of thought, but becuz I didn't want to accept any responsibility). Now I'm way down the pike & looking back at the way it all spilled out . . . not even sure it's as black and white as you've drawn it here . . . but it's a fun bit of pondering all the same! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

5 Days Ago

Ta Margie. It must be comforting to believe in fate but as you say taking responsibility is a bit .. read more
barleygirl

5 Days Ago

A fun & loving Christmas season to you, in case I somehow disappear into my typical lonerisms *smile.. read more



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I love the way this provokes me to ponder the possibilities. I spent most of my life preferring to accept "fate" (not becuz I gave it a lot of thought, but becuz I didn't want to accept any responsibility). Now I'm way down the pike & looking back at the way it all spilled out . . . not even sure it's as black and white as you've drawn it here . . . but it's a fun bit of pondering all the same! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

5 Days Ago

Ta Margie. It must be comforting to believe in fate but as you say taking responsibility is a bit .. read more
barleygirl

5 Days Ago

A fun & loving Christmas season to you, in case I somehow disappear into my typical lonerisms *smile.. read more
A very interesting take on what might be in store on an individual and maybe global/universal perspective and some of the age old uncertainties that surround religion, fate or karma and some of the new discoveries science & the acquisition of knowledge might eventually afford. Rant over, good write & nice read. Cheers, Neville

Posted 1 Week Ago


very thought provoking to say the least. we do know that we have a limited time so let us make the most of it whether random or predestined.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I eschew scientific guesswork; it has a sinister and pervasive ability to change shape and form according to the latest trend; As did Janus who was something of a Jack of all trades. :))

I enjoyed your poem though and entirely agree that we should always take heart.

Beccy.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Becky. This poem turned out quite different from my first idea by I thought I'd put it out.read more
alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Hello again Beccy. I''ve been meaning to reply to your very intriguing review. I think part of the p.. read more

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alanwgraham
alanwgraham

Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom



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Married with three grown up kids, I retired early from teaching physics but have always enjoyed a second life enjoying the outdoors, particularly the mountains. In my mid forties I experienced a manic.. more..

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