Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a Ben Gilliland article in the Metro newspaper (November 4th, 2013). It is still available on the cosmonline.com website.
Scientific Wordplay Poem about Search for Matter
The middle and bottom half of the poem contains details about the search for what matter is, as the ‘normal’ matter we think we know accounts for less than 5% of what is thought to be out there.
The first half of the poem plays on the double meaning of the word ‘matter’.
Not Everything Matters, All is Matter
why does nothing seem to matter?
what’s the matter?
what’s the matter with you?
what’s the matter in you?
what’s the matter around you?
what’s the matter you can’t see?
what’s the matter you can’t feel?
normal matter only 4.9%, 95.1% still a mystery
something’s sticking universe, scientists conducting experiments
it interacts with gravity, but not with electromagneticity
weakly interacting massive particles offer hope
WIMPs matter because they impact atoms
theoretically energising nudged atom nucleus
flash photon and electrons release
creates detectable light for machines
hoping to identify
if anything beyond us really matters