General Relativity

John C. Mannone

At breakfast, I read about
The Nobel Prize in Physics
How Einstein had it all right.

Universe of space and time
Is not flat like some thought
But curved because gravity
Is not a force, but a geometry
Effect—mass deforming
A flat sheet of space-time
Into depressions, some deep
And very black.

Universe of space and time
Of life isn’t 2-dimensional
But warped whenever I feel
The massive weight of your
Smile pull me in, a collision
Of lips leading to gravitational
Waves merging with heart-song
Even in another dimension.

Yes, Einstein had it all right
About the theory of gravity
And how it cannot be held
Responsible for people falling
In love.

John C. Mannone edits poetry for Abyss & Apex. He won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature (2017) and served as celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). His work appears in Artemis, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, Windhover, Sonic Boom, Red Coyote, Sin Fronteras, Setu, Nadwah: Poetry in Translation, Nthanda Review and others. He’s a retired professor of physics living near Knoxville, TN.

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