Poem: Universe in a glass of wine

The Universe in a glass of wine,

From a glass of wine,
To endless time,
From a scientist’s numbers,
To an artist’s rhyme,

The infinite interconnection,
Of everything and all,
The wondrous perplexion,
Of things big and small,

With our ‘mighty’ minds,
To see the fine lines,
All around us to find,
To connect in kind,

It does not take much to see,
Just how much there is to see,
Floating upon this galactical sea,
Spinning onwards, constrained, yet free,
Onwards, in the universal ocean of serendipity,

~Adithyaa Raghavan

 

Hello Sunday!

So during one of my college courses, I came to know of a physicist named Richard Feynman, in particular, one of his quotes, about how one can see the universe in a glass of wine. Here is the quote below, along with a link to a 2 minute video of it.

 “A poet once said, ‘The whole universe is in a glass of wine.’ We will probably never know in what sense he meant it, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe. There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflection in the glass; and our imagination adds atoms. The glass is a distillation of the earth’s rocks, and in its composition we see the secrets of the universe’s age, and the evolution of stars. What strange array of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be? There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products. There in wine is found the great generalization; all life is fermentation. Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine without discovering, as did Louis Pasteur, the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it! If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts — physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on — remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let it give us one more final pleasure; drink it and forget it all!”  ~Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman – Universe in a glass of wine

This quote was rather fascinating to me, as it should be to most humans, as it reveals just how much we take for granted, and how much the entire universal clockwork has had to tick in order to bring together something so insignificant to our lives as a glass of wine. Listening to it inspired me to write this poem, as I understood by that particular course that I was doing, that art and science are very much interlinked and connected.

Science and astronomy are rather enlightening and humbling fields to explore, it opens our eyes to much greater skies than we realize. ~Adithyaa

Its alright to quote oneself, right? I just came up with that as I was writing this. I have more poetry written around astronomy, science, and so on. I feel its all very interconnected to life, time, philosophy, and existence.

That’s my glass of wine for this week, do have a pleasant week until we meet again.

Signing off,

~Adithyaa

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