Poem: “Feeling Like Einstein”


In the Patent Office,
young Einstein gets bored.

His job repetitive.
His mind seeks intellectual stimuli.

He finds inspiration
in the nearby clock tower.

Without leaving his desk
he conducts thought experiments
where space and time intertwine.

Relativity is born.

I haven’t left my desk.

My job repetitive.
My mind needs stimuli.

I look at the clock,
wonder if Jennifer from Accounting
is free for lunch.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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