I – a student living in Oxford
charmed by flavors of Marmite, pub food
kippers and afternoon tea by the Cherwell
studying the classics,logic
the mind-body problem.
You – a squash player
living in a flat with no bath
walking the street with passport
in pocket for any sudden urge to
travel across the Channel.
Teatime with your math group
unfolded a passionate explosive scribbling
of ideas on any flat surface –
napkin, chalk board, any table top.
At night we shared tea and biscuits
in my bedsit, discussed mysteries
of the universe, conjectures and refutations
of probable twistor realities revealing in me a scientist –
some thing I had wanted to become.
Our spirits melded, rhythms jostled,
we spoke of love, affirming our self-same
similarities. As lovers, dynamic forces
strengthened or weakened, responding
to processes of attraction and revulsion.
Through the spacetime boundaries
of our marriage, fundamental weak interactions became charged.
As you rebelled over quarks strange and charm
I expressed degrees of freedom
not before we joyously spun off another generation
and our pairwise vanished down
a black hole. Binary now, self-dual, there
is no intersection where we meet for tea.
Perbohner, Ann. “Quark/Antiquark.” Report Supplement: Poetry Folder — Selections from the Poetry Reading at Joint Mathematics Meetings 2012. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, 2 (2): 47-78. Claremont: Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences, 2012. 73. Online. Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol2/iss2/5