Insight (theoretical physics in record time)
by Karen Massey

Be a whiz kid
Be dashing, youthful,
a steel-blue Hollywood swashbuckler

Be philosopher as much as scientist
Try to make sense of the world, find
some general solution to everything,
some single equation that the key to life
Is its assertion of reality as profoundly

Be paper
Be incredible
Arrive in a brand new suit, elegant, unassailable
Assume that a weak light of 380 nanometres
was somehow being produced in the body

SOURCE: “Insight (theoretical physics in record time)” by Karen Massey is based on page 41 of The Field, The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart. (Harper Collins, 2008).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Poet and artisan, Karen Massey lives in Ottawa, Canada. She has one chapbook, bullet, from above/ground press. Her work has received several prizes and has been published most recently online at,, Bukowski on Wry, and in varied print journals and anthologies including Decalogue: Ten Ottawa Poets (Chaudiere Books). One of her poems was on the long list for the 2012 Erasure Poem Contest.