Stewart McKenzie


TimeSong 09 Timeless Poem by Stewart McKenzie


Stay perfectly still.

At your motionless* center
You travel through time.

Move,
Time slows.**

Move faster,
Time slows more.**

Move through space at the speed of light,
Time stops completely.**

Light travels at the speed of light.
Always.***

There is no time in the realm of light.
The photon perpetual,
Illuminating eternity,
Endlessly hurtling through – what?

* Relative to yourself
** Relative to your original position
*** Relative to anything

Submitted: Monday, May 2, 2005
Edited: Sunday, January 29, 2006

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  • Rookie - 0 Points David Mitchell (1/3/2006 10:25:00 AM)

    I like this poem and will add it to my favourites. However, I do not understand it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Egal Bohen (8/13/2005 6:03:00 AM)

    Stewart, Interesting debate and definitely not rubbish but with great respect -I think it is important to decide what time is before placing importance on it's observed effects. Would be interested in your views on 'Time'.
    Regards
    Egal Bohen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stewart Mckenzie (5/4/2005 9:04:00 AM)

    Not rubbish - modern physics, see for example 'The Elegant Universe' by Brian Greene. The time of a traveler moving at the speed of light relative to you is stopped according to your watch, just as your time is to the traveler. This is Einstein's special theory of relativity. Photons are sub-atomic “entities” that convey light. They have the extraordinary property of always traveling at the same speed no matter where they are coming from, from where they are observed, or how fast, or in what direction the observer is traveling. Since light travels at the speed of light relative to anything, everything, there is no time in the realm of light (also it is by no means clear that light is bound by the laws of space, see the new work on entangled photons that appear to communicate instantaneously no matter how far apart) . Strange but true. The eight odd seconds that light takes to reach you from the sun is your time, not light's. As a poet I recommend that you read the new cosmology, it is very strange but very beautiful. (Report) Reply

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