Night and Day. Oh, Heisenberg. poetry by Lauren Friesen

Lauren Friesen

Night and Day

We cannot see it 
Or feel when it arrives
Even our ears are helpless
In separating this reality
From nothingness
Except we now learn 
That it is not a thing
Or even a million
But the detritus
Cast off in waves
From the heart 
Of beating atoms
Within a beating heart 
And becomes 
A leap of faith
When eyes see the light.

Oh, Heisenberg 

I saw a particle
In less than the blink
Of anyone’s eye
Become a wave
Which lit a lamp
And jolted my brain.

There is no being
No material thing
Except what flows
Through you 
As a wave
And takes 
All certainty
With it.

These waves dart
Through the hollows
Of our minds
As castaways  
From electrons
As nothingness
Lights up
Our being
And our sunsets
On Helgoland.
Making Quantum Waves

When I sing
Of angels and demons
I am making waves.

When I see 
All that surrounds me
The light is making waves.

When I touch
And enjoy my family
I feel their waves.

As I walk 
The direction I take
Creates waves.

As I think
My mind constructs
Ideas that make waves.

When we march
Toward justice and hope
Knees bend from waves

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Lauren Friesen was raised on a farm in Nebraska and from there went on to a career in poetry, theatre, and education.  He served as Poet-in-Residence for the Seattle Arts Commission and published poems in Poetry Nippon, Mississippi Valley Review, Dark Waters, and Madrona Review. He has also been a production assistant with the San Francisco Opera Company and, most recently, the David M. French Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan-Flint. His published plays include Rothko on the American painter, and a translation of Hermann Sudermann’s The Storm Komrade Sokrates.  He has also published a number of essays and book reviews.

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

2 thoughts on “Night and Day. Oh, Heisenberg. poetry by Lauren Friesen

  1. What is the name of Darcie’s book? I would like to read it.
    Also, I have read Lauren Friesen’s poetry, amazing. He was our minister in
    Seattle, and, loved his sermons! e.t.


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