Monday, 9 July 2012

Standard Model Playground

Leptons charge into the playground in Planck time –
muons, taus and better known electrons slither,
slide, run, in full zest as though they are all that matter.
In proper time and space a flow of quarks appear,
and charm the leptons with rival and strange flavors,
sometimes by moving up, sometimes down,
but always with positive impulse.  They are known
to spin tales in an urge to compose a new playground,
small enough for fermions.
And so today cryptic W and Z bosons
shuttle between them and the leptons
to rework the design – they show waves and matter
must waver and adjust to the new architecture.
Then, as they take a collective breath,
Higgs enters with low energy, unobtrusively, quiet,
only to disappear as the new playground is settled.

© Lavinia Kumar

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Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, in the US and UK. She writes a blog for her brother’s, based in Portsmouth, NH.