Newton
poem by Mike Berger

August 16, 2010

Newton got it wrong.
Crazy as it seems, the
clean and neat world
Newton saw was but
an illusion. His orderly
mind superimposed
strict organization on a
chaotic world.

Newton predicted the
exact orbit of Mars.
Using the gravity of
Earth and Sun, it’s
position in the sky
is fixed. The problem
is it just ain’t so.

Add the gravity of Jupiter
to the equations and
bizarre things happen.
The orbit of Mars begins
to wobble chaotically.
Mars does its own thing.

Were  the world as
simple as Newton
proposed, life would
be orderly and neatly
predisposed. In reality
we live in a crazy, catch
as catch can world.

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