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Application of Einstein's
Theories to Personal Affairs 
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

In your frame of reference
all distances can be measured
and velocities calculated
but they don't match what I see.

All is not relative in this
curved and finite world:
there is just one you,
and time moves one-way only.

Sprinters gain weight (their mass infinite
if they travel fast enough),
but problems have no mass
and travel as fast as light.

If time and space are one
why can't we meet again?
If I leave the universe at one end
can I reenter at the other?

When I signed on they told me
that we could stay in touch,
but I don't like the way velocities
distort your face and voice. 


David C. Kopaska-Merkel's poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in dozens of venues, including Strange Horizons, Eldritch Tales, Prelude to Fantasy, Star*Line, Air Fish, and Poetry Life and Times. About a dozen of David's chapbooks have been published, and these can be ordered through Project Pulp and Shocklines. He publishes Dreams and Nightmares magazine, available from the same distributors.


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"Application of Einstein's Theories to Personal Affairs" © David C. Kopaska-Merkel. Used by permission of the author.
 Raven Electrick © Karen A. Romanko.