Michela Costello Lakkala
We Are Not Noise
IF I WERE NOT A PHYSICIST, I WOULD PROBABLY BE A MUSICIAN.
- ALBERT EINSTEIN
I never gave much thought to physics class.
My teacher only strung pulleys together,
and showed us jars of her silver gall stones.
But let's see if I can finally get this right:
sound is a wave between two objects,
the pitch among reaching points. This
makes the space between you and me
a humming pocket, a ballad stone
like a fist holding pieces of our dust
and light. And since NASA says earth
hums like a gentle B flat, you are the shift
from E minor to F sharp, an unexpected
calming change of chords. So what matters
is not matter, but sound. Einstein played
the violin. This life points to everything singing.