Poetry: Explaining Relativity to the Cat

Explain­ing Rel­a­tiv­i­ty to the Cat
–Jen­nifer Gresham
From Diary of a Cell

Imag­ine, if you will, three mice.
Con­trary to what you have
heard, they are not blind
but are in a spaceship
trav­el­ing near the speed of light.
This makes them unavailable
for your sup­per, yes.

So these mice, trav­el­ing near
the speed of light, appear
quite fat, though there is
no cheese aboard. This is
sim­ply a dis­tor­tion of mass,
because the mass of a mouse
is noth­ing more than a bundle
of light, and vice ver­sa. I see
how this might imply mice
are in the light fixtures,
undoubt­ed­ly a prob­lem, so

let me try again.
If two peo­ple attempted
to feed you simultaneously,
no doubt a good situation,
but you were on a train
trav­el­ing near the speed
of light, the food would
appear unap­pe­tiz­ing, falling
to the plate in slow motion,
an extend­ed glob of protein
that nev­er smelled good,
if you ask me, train or no.
The affin­i­ty of the food
for the plate, what we call
grav­i­ty, is real­ly just
a stretch in the fabric
of a space-time continuum,
what hap­pens when you
have sat in a seat too long,
per­haps on this very train.

Oh kit­ty, I know how you hate
to trav­el and the jour­ney must
have made you tired. Come now,
lick your coat one more time
and let us make haste
from this strange city
of light and fan­tas­tic dream.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂good
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4241

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top