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Conservation of Angular Momentum

I remember my daughter

five years old, starfished

on the merry-go-round

Laughing and spinning,

and when she pulled in her limbs

like a shy flower

she would spin even faster

She always wanted to go faster

I heard that momentum is conserved forever,

that the same principle applies

from the smallest parts of matter

to the largest exoplanets

So tell me,

when I would

raise her up above my head

and look into her gleeful eyes,

our bodies stretched out like a limb of Earth extended,

did the world spin slower

for everyone or

just me?

And when I dropped

to my knees after

hearing the unspeakable,

did the world spin a little bit faster?

And when they put

her tiny body

in the ground,

did it spin a little faster still?

She always wanted to go faster

J.M. Eno's work has appeared or is forthcoming in House of Zolo's Journal of Speculative Literature, Cobalt, and Zooscape Zine. He can be found among the trees with his family and a recalcitrant English bulldog or on Twitter at @jmenowrites.

Radon Journal Issue 6 cover art
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