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.

 

Since

before ears

particles have lived in silence,

before eyes

they have traced lonely roads.

 

Today

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.