Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Puppets

"Every high C accurately struck demolishes the theory that we are the irresponsible puppets of fate or chance."
          W H Auden, Notes on Music and Opera.


We discuss quantum mechanics, the idea
that given a computer powerful enough
every vibration in the universe--
minute or momentous--is predictable.

But what computer, what entity large
or small, could ever predict this mote
quivering around its shell, to settle
gently in my ear this joyous day?

2 comments:

paula said...

"could ever predict this mote
quivering around the shell, to settle
gently in my ear this joyous day?"

none!!!

What a a fine and pertinent observation.

Paula

Peter Garner said...

Thanks Paula. You've been so loyal to this blog. I owe you a pile of comments.... I'll get on it, but I'm off to bed now. RT