Consolations of Quantum Mechanics

by David Ackley

For Clancy


In the “Many Worlds” theory, we inhabit only

one of the possible worlds in all possible universes

among which, every event that has ever occurred,

or  will ever occur

(not to speak of those presently occurring)

 leads at every moment

to some other outcome

than the one you could have done without

until all infinite possibilities are enacted,


which means that

the big-bellied grey cat with a weepy right eye

who failed to come back from a stroll

last October

is right now, in some other world,

 sitting on our back stoop

waiting for the door to open

and welcome him home.