quantum theory of parallel universes is
troublesome, optional interpretation emerging from arcane
theoretical considerations. It is the explanation - the only
one that is tenable - of a remarkable and counter-intuitive
- David Deutsch, The
Fabric of Reality.
the railway strike,
Or Microsoft - the outage
On the network? You were rage
And depression personified.
was fretting at a deadline missed.
The pointless meeting started on the dot
At Ten. In your gut
Nothing but the fear that time amassed.
the slurry of your mood
Spread on your desk from its overloaded in-tray.
It doodled on a pad and left the stapler empty.
It was coffee on a keyboard,
above the basin transfigured by a swearword.
It furnished an agenda that could not be deferred.
It rang like a call unanswered
In a derelict office at the end of the world.
was your life, then it wasn't yours.
You were a loop without an exit condition,
A shadow wired to an occupation,
The hollow one among your peers.
innumerable set of parallel universes
You had come to this. If in a few
You were happy, that was more to do
With statistics than Providential fairness.
so clearly. You had lost your way
Among the obligations, a trapped
Nerve, a paper cut. So just how wide was the gap
Between you then and the teenage boy
very moment coming through the door
Of your building, taking the one good lift
(How often had you cursed those broken lifts!)
To rise to the topmost floor,
through the window of the Gents, high
Above the street, and for motives of his own
Take the long step down,
Trusting to survive
total extinction cannot be willed)
Only in a an infinitesimally
Percentage of worlds?
If you've any comments on his poem, K.M.Payne would be pleased to hear from you.