Fizzy Feelings and Fuzzy Physics #2: Inertia

By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan Daniels

We drift in habitual wobbling circles
hobbling like feet poorly cobbled, feeling
neither earth nor one another, stranded
arid motion free stretch of ever elongating slippery
quicksand highway, without grip or traction

Smiles stiff and still
not sparking eyes, sparkleless
exhausted, shambling, soulless routines once so fresh
now stale, sour, and old
constant motion long past dancing

Radius, diameter and circumference in grating logic
circling each other in yawning cycles 

We roll unresisting into a heavy, unpiloted slide
remaining in these present states easier
as with each change comes resistance
which must be swept across
or persuaded into action

what is held still craves flow,
though frozen and powerless
to break old bindings
and change direction

We shuffle limp on a limping highway
limp unable to rise nor flow, trudging on a treadmill
threadbare, going nowhere

The mournful sky wraps above and around us
mourning our uninspired mornings
soggy flat in colorless monochrome
borderless without hope, our soulless soles
burdened, weighty  and weighed down
at the border of the deadening present and a feared future

Eager to depart, move on and move apart
and resist its own yearning,
and though we have breath and pulse, we lie inert

The half-life of what lived long past
in search of direction,
going nowhere, unable to live
unwilling to leave

Habit a tripwire trapping our feet,
a seething past that teemed,
boiling over, over-run with energy heaves,
now idles
empty of steam and wind

With no wand to wave to will us forward
we live as hollow shells
in endless cycles of repetitions
that weep and
wait for that external force to move us
either backwards or forward,
to push us on or push us over Inertia

 ***While a pleasure, as always, to write with Noel, I can’t wait to move on to more dynamic physical concepts in this series we are working on 🙂

Again, Noel’s voice is not italicized, mine is.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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15 Responses to Fizzy Feelings and Fuzzy Physics #2: Inertia

  1. Singing this duet on Inertia with Susan was challenging and rewarding at the same time. How do two voices two continents apart sing of a concept that has remained central to physics since Newton and give it life and movement given that the concept in question has at its heart an inability for internally determined change/movement?
    In overcoming our individual inertias and then moving our minds to explore and our voices to merge and blend, we have been able to come up with a duet with feeling and movement – something that I find very rewarding!

    • Well said my friend–and well done! And, despite the challenges, it certainly was well worth the forehead banging against the keyboard! Oh–I was supposed to use my fingers? Now you tell me!

  2. Rhonda says:

    The half-life of what lived long past
    in search of direction,
    going nowhere, unable to live
    unwilling to leave

    Habit a tripwire trapping our feet,
    a seething past that teemed,
    boiling over, over-run with energy heaves,
    now idles
    empty of steam and wind

    Such a strong sense of ‘knowing’ here. such a lonely state and helpless feeling. could easily get lost and stuck. settle for nothing while yearning for all. not good!
    This is so very good you two. Only wish the feelings evoked were imagination and not real. Makes one really look at one’s life…hard to face the truth so directly and not strive to move.
    So, I look at this as very motivational.

  3. Move on, move away~ excellent simplicity that has much more left unsaid~ Superior !

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