Against the Law

“New Research Shocks Scientists: Human Emotion Physically Shapes Reality”–headline from the Enlightened Consciousness website

 

Though lacking the patience for methodical proofs,

any poet could have told them what the shaken

scientists found: Emotions defy the laws of physics,

shoving their hands down inside our genes

to make us writhe and dance; emotions seduce us,

drag us into bed and fuck us over, but it’s reality

that wakes us up with chainsaw snores

or rancid morning breath.

 

Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper

 

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V

Nineteen, shirtless, seen

from behind, the perfect V,

broad shoulders, lean waist–

maybe lifts some eights, maybe not;

his genes do some of the work.

 

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper