It means the headwaters of mass,
the treacly origins of inertia,
have been discovered. It explains
why rocks stubbornly refute
the argument of my toes; why galaxies
clump like moths around a dark flame;
how a whale floats in the sea dreamy
as a balloon, yet a small oyster
of a child clings heavy as a millstone.
Maybe it even explains why tragedy,
a metal and plastic bolide, hurtles
unstoppable through red lights;
how grief presses down on lungs
to squeeze out the last sweet breath;
why a black hole of absence hangs so heavy.
It has cost billions to build
god-sized synchrotrons aswim
with sticky-fingered particles,
and thousands of papers covered in black
specks of data like locusts
swarming on error-bar wings
to confirm what every family knows.