May 29, 2004

A Poem, For Some Reason

I'm in a writing mood yet I have little to say, so I thought I'd post a poem for a change.

on a golden autumn
cuddled in bed
a kitten snuggled
light flickers
rose gold
on my closed eyes
warmth holds me
and slowly
i wonder
what birds
and how fly they
sweeping stark crosses
on a pale winter sky
a child
i wander
a bitter beach
wildness swept
i am
frightened
the sky opens
and pain
quickly
stabs me
softly
chaotic
dismembered
the world falls
dominoes
tumbling
stumbling
i awaken and
smoothness returns
just a warm autumn evening
and a kitten
purring
asleep


Someday, I may get the hang of metre and rhyming schemes and stuff... but I'm perverse about poetry, I just like the sound of words together. Poetry to me is like taking water out of a tap and watching it fall and splash to the earth. The same substance, but more energy and chaos. And yet...

Does water have more energy when it comes out of the tap? Help me out here, Giffy, you science teacher you... :) I can't remember 4th form physics! Let's see, there's potential, kinetic, and chemical energy - so does the water have potential energy when it's in the tap, and then kinetic energy as it's falling to the earth? Or does it gain/lose energy in this process somewhere? Energy's a constant, so it has to go somewhere, but it seems like gravity maybe transfers the water more energy? Can gravity do that? It's a force, right? Help me, this'll haunt me all day and I'll be arrested at the supermarket for muttering in the soft-drinks section.

Man, I need to re-do high-school science. I can't remember anything!

Posted by phreq at May 29, 2004 08:33 AM | TrackBack
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hehe! I am currently teaching energy and forces so I shall answer!

Ok so when the water is in the tap it has gravitational potential energy which mostly converts to kinetic energy when it runs out of the tap. Now there is a bit of energy converted into heat and sound via friction from the water with the air around it, but not much. Remember, energy is never 'lost' it is only converted from one type to another.

Also gravity is a force, also sometimes called weight force and the gravity field around earth puts approximately (its slightly less than) 10N of force on every 1kg of mass. TADA!! meaning that things accelerate at approximatley 10m/s2 when they fall.

Hope I helped ;)

PS I only know because I have to teach it. Otherwise, I too would be confused.

Posted by: giffy at May 29, 2004 09:35 PM

Brilliant! Thank you Giffy, that's the kind of question that bugs me until I get it resolved :) Now I can relax and enjoy my weekend :)

Posted by: phreq at May 30, 2004 07:38 AM

i totally agree with you about poetry. thats why i like the guy im doing my research essay on. even though they had totally different metres and things which arent familiar to me immediately, i still love his poems because of the words he uses and how they fit together.
i also really like the poem you blogged. the best poems for me are the ones like that which give you immediate images and make you respond without too much thinking. (or am i just lazy\?)

Posted by: regs at May 30, 2004 02:56 PM

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