June 08, 2006


The Principles of Being and Non-Being are One and the Same

The great Heisenberg* of small tenuous uncertainty
that what we know we don’t of time and place, what
we, waves, wrens or worms, the sleepy sucking currents
of deep ocean are is distorted by the social lies of light
that plays with everything like a child’s puppet
theatre making mock of all
that is ephemeral or enfeebled.

Yet what reflects in each thing of our longing
that we might see its face in day, midnight’s
candled moon and sparking stars
change into hidden language, like the deaf’s
manual music lacking melody, the voice of the silent body,
change it utterly without our knowing, how what is at night
is not, nor even a shadow of what is under light.

Where was Heisenberg? Who or what was he, caught
within this same improbable masque,
the circus of the real where fire-eaters consume flame
more honestly than we our fries, our fish
under the gilded double bow.

Each unknown enthralled non-thing of our troubling
existence is silenced by the humble-most questions
of all: space and speed, place and journey,
face and the faces turned away--

Where were you?
Why were you not here when we needed you?


*Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle states, essentially, that we cannot know the position AND the momentum of a given subatomic particle at the same time, in short that we can't know both where it is and how fast it's going, we can only know one or the other.

Posted by pamwagg at June 8, 2006 09:57 PM


— The Principles of Being and Non-Being are One and the Same

Except that one is, while the other is not.

Posted by: Stand at June 12, 2006 12:59 AM

hey pam and paula,
how ru doing?
love, puzli

Posted by: puzli at June 9, 2006 01:44 PM

Dearest Pam,
Are you sporting a laurel wreath? Please submit this poem to the next BBC contest. It equals or perhaps even betters "Prayers". If your poetry continues on its headlong path to perfection, will you still be my friend?
Your talent is endless,Poor Poemless Peapod

Posted by: Paula Kirkpatrick at June 9, 2006 12:03 AM

Hello Ms. Wagner: I have just recently finished reading your book "Divided Minds". My thought(s) & opinion of what a person with schizophrena should be has been completely changed. Thank you so much for opening my eyes. You are truly an exceptional, insperational, strong and very talented lady. Looking forward to contining reading your blog. Thanks again. P.S. A beautiful poem.

Posted by: Maggie at June 8, 2006 10:18 PM

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