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Editor's Commentary on “Here's to you, Sir Isaac Newton”

 , October 26, 2013

With “Here’s to You, Sir Isaac Newton” by Eric Wilson, we take a slight deviation from the weighty material of the previous publications. Wilson’s poem is a love letter written in a nerdy extravaganza of Newtonian axioms and equations. “His third law tells us it's impossible / to force a love in both directions. / But I can tell you Newton knows / nothing of the extra dimensions / where my love diffuses at a rate / directly proportional to its mass.” The merging of science, love and poetry leads to an enjoyable poem that reminds of life outside of medicine, outside of science. This poem serves as a reminder of the things that really matter: gravity and love.

Bryan Sisk, MD
Deputy Editor, The Living Hand