Protons give sentimental tokens
to one another,
through dancing electrons,
spinning in joyful abandon
to the music of quark logic.
Schrödinger's symphony builds to a cacophony.
Rhythm breaks down to decay the choreography.
Neutrons, split apart—with the grief of separation grow cynical.
Unstable and paranoid they guard their neutrinos from others.
Resentment and regret grow exponentially;
to radiate outward,
seeping into the ground water.
Alice Mullen lives in Lovettsville, VA. Her work has been published in the Barcelona Review, The Dead Mule, and The Blue Ridge Leader.
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