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Walking with Higgs

Walking with Higgs

Bill Prindle

Published in Vol. 5 Issue 2 of Written River


I am beginning to believe the radiance
that comes in moments
that strike me wordless
as the white pines rising
behind the house may be
like the terribly small
thing he has sought so long.

Perhaps it lives in the field
inside the meadow
we bush-hog every other year
so that these risen things
can greet one another,
milkweed to aster,
beak of meadowlark
to snout of vole; perhaps

it is a field of cloud mysteries
at the end of the great curve
circling under Alpine stone,
hurling the terms
of equations into collisions
that would chivvy off only
a droplet of that silence
before it vanishes
into the sweet dark cones
of the blue spruce.

Perhaps on a weekend
we can walk
down through the meadow
into that field, and if we say
little enough
an exceedingly tiny awakening
may blossom up unassisted
in the alfalfa or in the poplar
crowns or in what the river says
when we listen.


Author note: Peter Higgs is a Scottish physicist and a leading proponent of the existence of what’s called the Higgs Boson or “God particle.” The Higgs Boson is thought to be the elemental particle of the Higgs Field; all other particles get their mass by passing through the Higgs Field. After 2012 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator beneath the Swiss Alps, discovered a phenomenon that closely matched the traits of the Higgs Boson, Peter Higgs was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2013.


Bill Prindle is a Charlottesville, Virginia poet who writes about the soul’s journey through the created world. He was first published in the Pennsylvania Review as a graduate student, and has since contributed to Tupelo Press’ 30/30 project, a month-long poem-a-day sprint. He has studied with Stephen Berg, C.K. Williams, Robert Bly, David Whyte, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Orr. His day job is as an environmental consultant; he and his wife divide their time between Charlottesville, their retreat in the hills of Nelson County, VA, and wherever else the path leads.