A multitude of (uni)verses

To poets
The universe
At core
Is terse—
(One verse, of course),

While at its source
The word universal
Is much more
Lyrical, versical;

And universality
Denotes a finality
Infinitely finite
(As Einstein
Calculated)—

The end’s in sight,
Though light
Years away
Einsteinian insight.

Post-modern physicists
Now insist

Our universe
Is hit or miss,

For in reality
There’s no finality:
In fact the one
Is mere multiplicality;

Not universe,
But multiverses
For better or
For worses.

It’s certainly more than
I can fathom:
Inside my brain
The (uni)verse
Remains the same—
Terse.

Copyright 2011 © by Brian T. Maurer

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2 comments on “A multitude of (uni)verses

  1. K. D. Kragen says:

    Brian, you nailed it! …without even mentioning multi-valued or modal logic. Bravo, bro.

  2. David Elpern says:

    Food for thought — though hard to digest. The author of the Harper’s article, Alan P. Lightman, teaches physics and literature at MIT. I read a novel of his ~ 10 years ago — which was amazing.

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