On Motion


Galileo postulated in a thought;
two objects one light one heavy
connected to each other by a string
dropped from the Leaning Tower

If heavier objects fall faster
the string would soon be taut
and the combined objects
should fall even faster

But they didn’t

Objects fall at the same rate
like Newton’s apples from the tree
they won’t fall any faster even when connected
But what of you and me?

Perhaps we didn’t fall at all
but lay still
as the world moved ‘round us
at light speed

I know when you fell for me, hard and to the core
time and motion stopped; thrilled in delightful stillness
as the rest of Heaven sped by;
relatively speaking.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to On Motion

  1. jfwknifton says:

    I liked your poem a lot, thank you.


  2. beetleypete says:

    Another good one, Frank. You are very productive of late, I am pleased to say.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    • toritto says:

      Hi Pete – a number of my recent production posts are pieces originally posted a couple of years ago elsewhere – as this one is. I’m not really working that hard – just moving stuff around!




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