Silent Travelers in a Bubble Chamber

Silent Travelers in a Bubble Chamber*


Little bubbles

shoulder to shoulder

show me the path of a particle

too small for a microscope to resolve.



before ears

particles have lived in silence,

before eyes

they have traced lonely roads.



they cannot know they are noticed

but may

interact with me from a distance.


Shy girls

who walk across the street

from boys,

look straight ahead…


yet catch a glance,

or somehow feel

eyes watching them,

put an extra bounce in each step

a little rhythm

while they fight to keep

a flush down from the cheek

stop a stiffening neck

from giving them away.



Ken Shiovitz

June, 2011


*vessel of superheated liquid that shows lines of bubbles where charged particles pass through.