Poem: “My Grandfather Was a Quantum Physicist”

My Grandfather Was a Quantum Physicist

by: Duane Big Eagle (rather tellingly, he doesn’t seem to have his own wikipedia entry)

I can see him now
in full dance costume
in front of the roundhouse
on a sunny afternoon.

Scientists have finally discovered
that the intimate details
of our lives
are influenced by things
beyond the stars
and beyond time.

My grandfather knew this.

Rediscovered this poem while unpacking. Apparently, I wrote a report about Duane Big Eagle for Grade 8 English with Mrs. Majeske. (It is free verse, with alliteration, imagery, mood, profundity, theme, symbolism, sincerity, point of view, and tone. Yeah, vocabulary words!)


Most of my culture comes from the Chicago Public School system, and the yogurt they served in CPS cafeterias.

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