Brian Johnston

Veteran Poet - 2,865 Points (Jan.20,1943 / Oklahoma)

PH: Physics: Haiku: Gravity Too

how it cuts the grain
yes earth's moon's unchanging face
heat loss from moon tides

Submitted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Topic of this poem: Nature

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Brian Johnston
July 28,2014

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This poem was inspired by Pandita Sanchez's Haiku called 'Gravity.' Read her poem as well on for even more fun!

Isn't it great? Natures mysteries explained in 17 words. Didn't you ever ask yourself why we only see one side of the moon? It does revolve you know, one complete revolution every 24 hours. How is it possible that this is accidental? The answer is that, of course, it is not an accident. When the moon was spinning faster, there were tides on the moon just like we have tides on earth. These tides of lunar soil caused the moon to heat up but then that energy radiated off into space. The Laws of Conservation of Energy, then required the moon to slow down, to the speed it rotates at today. Since there are no longer tides caused but the moon's rotation, it has stopped slowing down. God I love Physics!

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  • Freshman - 2,410 Points Diane Hine (7/29/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    It's tidal lock
    you fool, said Spock. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 2,865 Points Brian Johnston (7/30/2014 2:41:00 PM)

    Very very cute Diane. Love it in fac, t but as a sort of trekie and waning Physicist, that sounds more like Diane Hine than Spock to me. You get lots of points for originality though. Thanks for the comment!

  • Gold Star - 12,443 Points Mandolyn ... (7/28/2014 12:10:00 PM)

    moon tides! those sound amazing... i am a big fan of full moons and crescent moons, but super moons are where it's at. i wish the sun was as cool as the moon (here, anyway) , then i'd be outside more. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 2,865 Points Brian Johnston (7/29/2014 10:56:00 AM)

    Au contraire, my dear. Physics is indeed wonderful, but I'd much rather be inside sharing the birth of poem with a soul like yours.

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