Is God a Particle?

A body has length, width, mass and occupies space
But in what relationship to time?
When did it begin and must it end?
A mere witness is required at the mark of the line

But a rock is not a baby
You could ask a scientist
But as we walk there is no need to know
For the body is there in motion and at rest

For man it is what it is
Utility, beauty, an obstacle
A nuisance
A receptacle
We perceive its properties
And what it means to us
We know it occupies space
Regardless of how gracious
Just because it is
It does not care about what
Unless it knows to survive
Or it bleeds when cut

What science
Tells me I’m cold?
What theory
Confirms I’m old?
There is a perception of what I have seen
Through my own eyes
Without reading a book
I wonder if I believe in lies

I know the absence of light can make red black
I know a rock is a rock
But the illusion is defined by a relation
For color or stone is defined by what it is not

What is a distraction of sound if it does not occupy space?
A beautiful sound occupies time
And time stops for us yet we know this is not true
Because the witness has continued to draw the line
The scientist can measure
And I can walk in a circle
As I ponder what it is that I hear
I wonder if that is the particle?
For what man once saw
And could not hear
Was there all along
In the air when the birds flew near

What is next?
Will it erase everything we know?
I don’t need gravity
Anymore than I need long ago
For what change would be in me
When a magnetism between the earth and myself
Is assumed while that between you and I
Is something that I always felt

Someone called it God
Something I cannot explain
I wonder if they can
We are resigned to believe in a superior brain
I read the words about mass and volume
And Higgs and a boson
But the sun continues to rise and set
And the wind and rain fill each season

They broke bread and opened a bottle
They congratulated one another
But who was saved and who was condemned
In a sub-atomic world where no baby can find its mother?

The God Particle
Can it save my Father or your wife?
Can it save the world?
Can it bring my friend back to life?
I think we will continue to suffer
For as knowledge continues to make itself available
We retreat into the minds of others who think
And man defines himself by what he is unable
Yes by what he is unable to do
And what he is unable to know
And what he is unable to conceive
And how he is unable to grow

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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

Honestly I fear science is delving into things it should not be doing right now. Maybe we will get lucky and they'll figure out how to teleport people from one place to another, but I'm thinking if they keep meddling with these things it will spell the end of the world.

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Phillydreamer - Thank you for reading and commenting. Your remarks remind of this quote from J. Robert Oppenheimer:

"When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb."

And his quote of the Vedas:

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

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carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Suburban your poem is very nice ...i understand what you want us to tell us but it is not clear that "Is God a Particle"........unsolved question.....

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@carrie - Thank for reading and the kind remark. I don't provide an answer here. In fact I wanted to name it "The God Particle" but someone already took it here on hubpages. Yes it is unsolved. Everyone has to decide for themselves what they believe. We will not be told; at least that is the way I feel about it. 4 years ago

A generation ago, scientists were concerned about how big the cosmos. The were unable to answer that question. There were no ways to make accurate measurements.

Today, scientists are concerned about how small the cosmos is. Could the answer be the same?

How big? How small?

God only knows!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Wayne (write-on-pub) - Thank you for reading and commenting... it's not exactly easy reading or full of escape. But I read about The God Particle and it got me to thinking (a bad habit of mine). I like how you've described man's search in terms of big and now small... It seems we are now looking for "sub-atomic" victories as the big bang is too elusive to grasp....

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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

Spirituality is the science of the mind while science is for the body...

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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@raciniwa - that's an interesting way to view life...

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