Thoughts on “Heisenberg”

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Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with shaved hair, wearing a green T-shirt. The background is blue. He is signing “Paranoid.”

Transcript: [Eric, a white man, is standing in front of a blue background] The poem “Heisenberg” is about how I can’t find you in the right place and the right time. In the beginning, I travel to a place where I see you but it doesn’t match the time. I wonder where in the clock it is as I wait in a way that becomes wheels on which I could drive forever. In the second part, I freak out that I may have missed you in that flash, which is an electron. An electron can’t be located because if you know the position, you don’t know the time and if you know the time, you don’t know the position. That’s called the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. I apply the scientific concept to my experience of finding you: Knowing when to love and knowing where to love – it is impossible to have both at the same time.

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