Quantum Zeno Effect

(noun)
 in which a quantum state would decay if left alone, but does not decay because of its continuous observation.

1.
I read about quantum mechanics
and am compelled to write poems—
entanglement,
the observer effect,
quantum zeno—
each more beautifully hinting
at the movements of my own heart
than any religious creed.
I find this blurred border
surprising, a newfound kinship
with a community of minds
I’ve never met.

2.
When I pray to a spirit that I cannot see,
but that I imagine dancing
between me and the rest of the cosmos,
I ask her to hold my heart
in her continuous observation
to keep it from decay.
I bow down in my solitude,
begging for the gift of
Zeno’s merciful effect.

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