Displacement

A position vector expresses the position of a point P in space in terms of a displacement from an arbitrary reference point O (typically the origin of a coordinate system). Namely, it indicates both the distance and direction of an imaginary motion along a straight line from the reference position to the actual position of the point.

A displacement may be also described as a ‘relative position’.

 

1

speed is distance

over time. it presupposes

movement. moving

beyond, ceasing contact — we

never really asked

why, only how.

 

 

2

transience then, sees

more than what is there, or here; sees

that perhaps, it will never

be enough.

it seeks what

is amiss, chasing

and forever being chased

by what is

now lost.

 

 

3

why do we bother

with being

at rest, anyway?

no one stays in place. always,

someone is moving,

being moved, though we may be

convinced otherwise. falling bodies,

however unwary —

 

 

4

how fast we were going, how fast

we are. where to, how. meters per second,

squared. everything, but

that which used to

matter the most — never mind reasons.

why do we

refuse

to acknowledge, or

factor in, at least

the value of

everything else that we

leave behind?

 

 

*this afternoon, during natsci 1 class. originally written on post-it’s.

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