There’s little difference between two people in love

who share the same axis, who are always

around and between each other, without speaking.

Saying I miss you is like being in two places at once.


Non-unique, antisymmetric as a pair of fermions

in the morning their love is breakfast

spinning into the day on the cold-footed tile

from table to fridge, couch to countertop.


Wave functions like emptied egg cartons

yolk sitting fat as the sun upon your toast.

The standing wave of coffee at eight forty-five.

How fecund the weightless light through the blinds.


As you draw closer by the end of day

with bare, chilly legs interlocking

can you sense the valence of comfort

that behaves as if time were not watching?

R. Charboneau

5 thoughts on “Koan: Pauli Exclusion Principle

    1. Thanks so much Gabriela. I’m reading a book on quantum mechanics, and the language and concepts are very beautiful, so I’ve been trying to pair them with older tropes in literature. I think you’re absolutely right, there are so many possibilities for new and unusual metaphors. That was exactly my thinking.
      By the way, thank you for introducing me to Papa Ibra Tall. I stared at First Song for a long time. It reminded me a lot of Klimt.

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      1. You have all my respect, Robert. I probably wouldn’t be able to read and understand a single paragraph… Which makes it even more wonderful that by pairing physics with love (or with something “ordinary”, from our everyday reality) not only you’re getting rid of love clichés, but you’re also making physics more accessible. 😉

        I’m glad you liked “First Song”. I didn’t really notice the connection to Klimt, but there is something there in the patterns, the fabrics, the elongated silhouettes. Quite the story.

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