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OF THE MATTER AND VOID

by

Gvsrk Somayajulu


Diamond is hard
Graphite is soft
What are they in reality?
Atoms of carbon and voids
In unique array.

Sugar is sweet
Sodium chloride is salty.
Is it only a convention?
What are they in reality?
Molecules, atoms and voids
In typical crystalline form.

Know not all basic constituents
Of the atom that dictate the
Properties of elements and their compounds
Though modern science named a few
As neutrons, protons, electrons
And quarks, leptons, gluons, bosons, etc.

Atoms and molecules settle together
To live in specific lattices
That keep one material distinct from another
And impart uniqueness in taste, touch, colour,
Physical and chemical properties
And take in their fold the voids
That coexist in the lattice
To induce changes in their properties
For better service in various environments.

However solid the objects may seem
They are formed of matter with voids,
Some visible, others viewless
That continuously form, annihilate
Dissolve, disperse and move around
Imparting specifics to the matter
And play a major role in its very survival,
A role that cannot be clearly defined
That induces heat to the fire, flow to the water
Turbulence to the air and weight changes in material.

Know not what in fact
The Seeds of all things are
Know not all the elements
From which alone all things created are
Know for sure that in each resides
A secret power, its own,
That strives hard against all odds

To propagate its seed and its own species.
Our learned ancestors emphasized
Time and again
That all Nature, as self -sustained
Consists of twain of things*
Of bodies and of voids
In which they are set and where
They are moved around.

The intellectuals of the past,
Of different ages and faiths,
Echoed that primal bodies
Are solids without a void
Which conquer and survive by their own solidness
And have power to be eternal
While all else in creation dissolve away
Leading us to the belief that
Grand Nature’s aspect and her law
Hath this exordium*
NOTHING FROM NOTHING EVER YET WAS BORN
AND NOTHING EXISTS per se EXCEPT ATOMS AND THE VOID
And alas! Does Grand Nature
Guard them as Seeds for all things
That appear to come out of Nothing
And that the sum of things
Must be returned to naught
And born from naught
Abundance thrive anew!