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Unexpected Discoveries

By Bex JordanPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
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They built a device to detect dark matter

And instead they observed the decay

Of Xenon-124, an event previously

Unrecorded. They say

The element has a half-life

Of thousands of millennia

But deep underground

They found evidence of

Electrons and X-rays

That spoke of the signs of a

Break-down that takes so long

It boggles the mind.


And I wonder if I still exist

If no one is around to witness

A once-in-a-millennium moment

When I actually feel at peace

With myself, and the world

A sense of perfect clarity.

It’s taken half my life to realize

I wasn’t created to please others,

And I don't need to ensure

That everyone is happy.

I wish I’d known sooner,

But I suppose sometimes

We have to break down

In order to see.


Reference Article:

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About the Creator

Bex Jordan

She/They. Writer. Gardener. Cat-Lover. Nerd. Always looking up at the sky or down at the ground.

Profile photo by Román Anaya (https://www.roman-anaya.com/).

Instagram: @UmaSabirah

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  • Samara Simson2 months ago

    Loved your scientific take on poetry and life. Such a broad vision.

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    I tried to tag you in a post, but it seems I’m inept. I guess I should have asked your permission first before using your name in a shout-out. I think you’ll enjoy reading my story, “To Whom It May Concern.” 🙂

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    Amazing! "Break down in order to see" got me.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    This is so deserving of Top Story. I loved how you took the mindboggling and fasicnating science stuff and drew it back into something more intimate and personal. Well done! Your use of words is always outstanding!

  • Scott Wade2 months ago

    A life lesson beautifully composed and shared. Thank you and congrats on it being properly recognized. 🥰

  • Chua Yuan Heng2 months ago

    Dark matter is anti-gravity!

  • Congratulations on Top Story ❤️💯👍

  • Nice work❗❗❗❗🙏💯❤️👍

  • Stéphane Dreyfus2 months ago

    Some people never learn this kind of lesson. Thank you for expressing it!

  • Christopher Jones2 months ago

    What an awesome discovery, hadn’t heard of this. Nuclear is wild. Thanks for sharing

  • Kendall Defoe2 months ago

    'We have to break down in order to see.' A very compelling line. Good work! ;)

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  • P.A. Wilkinson2 months ago

    I love this. Great division into 2 parts.. the end brings it all together 🤌

  • J. R. Lowe2 months ago

    Woahhhh this is GOOD. I love the double meaning of “half-life”. So well done 👏

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Love your concept and comparison. Brilliant

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Wonderfully stated. Well done and congrats on the Top Story

  • Gina B.2 months ago

    Love the duality of the half life concept.

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    Excellent! I love getting to know you through your writing. :)

  • This was so uplifting and magical! I read an article today which stated the Earth's core briefly paused rotating and then started rotating in the opposite direction. Also, yes you're right, we aren't created to please other and it's okay to not make sure everyone is always happy. I too wish I knew that sooner. Loved your poem! I've hearted and subscribed! 💖

  • Aphotic2 months ago

    Very enthralling. I love that you included the article at the end. You relate deep scientific concepts to human emotion so beautifully as well!

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    I watch a lot of this on YouTube. Scary stuff.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    I like dark galaxies, I live in one all the time. Great stuff here! Hearted

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