Quantum Query written by Aaron Marchant at Spillwords.com

Quantum Query

Quantum Query

written by: Aaron Marchant


What is Mr Schrödinger doing with his cat?
It’s dark in that box, and it won’t fancy that
He’s put in some poison in a volatile state
and now he’s conjecturing as to its fate

If only he’d left it asleep by the fire
there’d be no concern that the cat might expire
Instead, he’s bemused and scratching his head
muttering that it’s both living and dead

Let’s consider what thoughts other minds might advance
if presented with such a bizarre circumstance;

Schopenhauer might have said its life hangs by a thread
Nietzsche would surely suppose ‘cat is dead’
Aristotle might reason its chances are fair
Bertrand Russell would think its life not worth a prayer

Bentham would not comprehend the utility
Camus would proclaim the whole thing a futility
Yet we may deduce from Descartes’ Cogito
the one certainty is that ‘Tabby’ will know

So let’s open the box, and find out for sure
for if it’s lost one life, it still has eight more

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