Westwind

Ode to the Electron: Giver of Light

an excerpt

Nancy Carballo

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A married couple makes salted popcorn

in their quiet kitchen on Sunday night.

How the electron-filled kernels fly

as the temperature rises and rises!

The young lovers then hug harmoniously,

fascinated by coulombic dynamos that bounce

and coalesce into images on the TV,

and knowing that, over the weekend,

the entropy of the universe has somehow increased.

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