Humor Poetry posted July 19, 2015

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Reality Doesn't Exist If You Are Not Looking - a Ballade

Attention Span

by tfawcus

Quantum physics says I shall cease to be
should you decide to shift your loving gaze
and turn your eyes elsewhere, away from me;
You have it in your power to end my days.
My love for you is not a passing phase;
Have pity on this foolish moonstruck man.
Oh, how I love you! I am lost in praise!
My future lies in your attention span.

Though I'm enchained, your eyes can set me free
to live a life of bliss. My fancy plays
with cheerful thoughts of domesticity
with you, my love, my life, my only craze.
I offer you the world! Attention pays
when such an offer's made. I'm rich. I can
bestow great wealth, so if you're wise, appraise...
Your future lies in your attention span.

There is another side to this! You see,
if my attention lapses and eyes glaze
when foolish tantrums make us disagree,
you'll find that quantum physics works both ways.
I glance away and you become a phrase
deleted from my life. Our blissful plan
will slip its sheets, adrift from loosened stays.
Your future lies in my attention span.

How quickly love unravels. When it frays
for lack of caring love, as it sure can,
thoughts each for other re-ignite the blaze.
Our future lies in our attention span.


According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, a particle's behavior changes depending on whether there is an observer or not. It basically suggests that reality is a kind of illusion and exists only when we are looking at it.
Recently, physicists at the Australian National University have found further evidence for the illusory nature of reality.

Sheet - nautical term for a rope
Stays - the essential foundation garment of the 18th century... when undone often leading to the cry, "Alas! I am undone!"

This is a Ballade, an Old French verse form that consists of three eight-line stanzas and a four-line envoy, with a rhyme scheme of ababbcbc bcbc. The last line of the first stanza is repeated at the end of subsequent stanzas and the envoy. (I have taken liberties with the pronouns in the repeated lines!)
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