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On seashells and quantum mechanics, the reality of the indeterminate and stochastic
 
 
 

Shells*


Quantum mechanics prevents a real electron from falling into a nucleus. A quantum repulsion pushes away the electron when it gets too close to the center. Thus, thanks to quantum mechanics, matter is stable. Without it, electrons would fall into nuclei, there would be no atoms, and we would not exist.

Carlo Rovelli

Most of us delight in their anomaly,
How they all look the same until you’re up close,
Millions of them utterly alike different —
Words the ocean keens for all that perishes.

An outside speaks to us of an inside
Long since dead, consumed, but insistent still
That life once grew within these chambers
And shaped itself to its environment.

We reflect, if we will, on the mystery
That our life is a yoking of two halves.
The crisis of one lurks in the maths for
Those who refuse division’s imperative.

The must of your shell in your secret key
Draws my mouth, my nostrils, my tongue — my brain
Delirious with liquors of union …
Pearls across my lips … disappearing nacre …

Our universe is an ocean boundless, too,
And deposits matter like so many shells,
Itself not a shell but a foaming wave
Of inclusion vast, without containment,

For nothing endures but energy spent
Opening recesses to life’s renewal —
Fissions of pleasure in the atomic
Erotic of the body cellular.

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