Peter Hughes


Antecedents for Pronouns
And Quantum Mechanics

I have always disliked an
unclear antecedent for a pronoun
Having rendered vague
images so evolving that one
may mimic or Leibnitz it

Leibnitz floundered a product
on those derivatives
of a non-quantum classical moment
Antecedents for pronouns lost
in a derivative

D of X times Y equals
X plus a DX times
Y plus a DY minus a Y

Say What? Huh?
I’m not sure why
Those antecedents struck again
quanta, antecedents
probabilities the same

With quanta however,
Antecedents are almost never.
existing in eleven dimensions
within a time fabric
space continuum
infinitesimally small





Dr. Schroedinger’s Cat

Here Kitty, Kitty? Dr. Schroedinger coerced the cat toward the box
Kitty, with purring intent scratched her chin on the corner

As he opened the box
To confirm some rocks, radioactive they were, spitting out alpha particles
bits of helium fired at random from the Uranium nuclei
to the particle detector, a device by Geiger
Where the infamous Geiger trips a vial so vile
poison gas of cyanide,
Cyan in any other language would be of brilliance blue
In chemistry, cyano - the most deadly of hues

Random particles make to strike the detector
trip the cyanide and “Ohh, Kitty!”
What horrendous experiment, Dr. Schroedinger!

Schroedinger tamps his pipe and closes the lid
the cat inside
Random radioactivity, triggering the poisonous hue
“from dust to dust” another cat again

The lid closed is superposition as the good Dr. stokes his pipe.
Superposition the state of random nature where in probability rests:
Upon reveal what is found?
the smile or the frown?

The box being sealed, fate no longer fate,
but a probability of nature
Quantum has robbed the surety as psy squared is the probability of both states
twin conditions of a single event
in motion or in position will forever be uncertain
to all who walk about in observance

With all that chaotic probability being said,
uncertain whereas the fearless cat remain
inside the box,
for the cat is both…
alive and dead!


Peter E. Hughes is a Clinical Laboratory Biochemist, Ph.D., North Carolina State University.  

He is a NASA Scholar and Senior Scientist.  He researches and writes for the Mad Scientists as a representative of the United States and is an editor of Biochemistry and Medicine for the Encyclopedia of Earth. Major interests are photography, writing about life experiences, electronics and Radio Astronomy of Close Space Events.

He writes short stories, poetry and humor.