Einstein at the Sink
— Let us imagine a raven flying through the air . . .
~Albert Einstein, Relativity: The Special and General Theory
Einstein stands at the sink,
Trims his moustache, imagining
The mirror is a window in a traincar.
He snips the tip of a moustache hair
And watches it drop like a stone
From the window of the moving train
Onto the embankment.
He imagines the mirror the London sky,
The hair on his head a cloud hovering
Over Trafalgar Square, calculates
The height of the cloud, the light,
The time required to reach it.
His eyes, ravens, fly from the bathroom
And down the hall. Einstein racing after,
Knocks over a lamp.
In Blue Earth Review, 2014