A Dream of Being in a Trefoil Tunnel

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I can’t understand why I am in two minds. Neither can I tell why I am in two places. Nor can I tell if I am dead or alive or both. Bent over the operating table, a team of doctors and nurses jolts my motionless body. It jerks and falls upon itself again. On the nearby computer screen, the slow rise and fall of a flat green line tells me the doctors are battling against time. “He’s going,” I hear the lead doctor say as jolt after jolt fail to jerk the body into life.
Then, something incomprehensible happens: the doctors and nurses are of a sudden going about their task in slow motion but I am whizzing about up and down and all around the room at a velocity that seems like the speed of light! I feel massless as the ghostlike virtual particles that I’ve read about in quantum theory – the ones that purportedly pop in and out of the quantum vacuum. And I realize that I am, for want of a word that I prefer not to think of, a shade with zero rest mass.
Simultaneously, Einstein and Heisenberg come to my mind as I whizz about. I realize that the doctors aren’t really working in slow motion but because I am massless and travelling at light speed, from my point of view, time in the material world has slowed to an imperceptible crawl! Though I heave a sign of relief and am coldly comforted that the doctors aren’t slowing up because they are giving up on the material side of me, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle tells me that like virtual particles, as the immaterial side of me- as a shade - I don’t have very long to live. But again, I take comfort in knowing that to an immaterial being, a second in the material world, is almost an eternity.
I survey the environment I am in – and almost immediately conclude that I am likely in a trefoil tunnel for I seem to be passing and re-passing endlessly through a passage with ends that bend into one another as in a trefoil knot. It occurs to me that I am both dead and alive like Schrödinger’s cat but in two parallel universes superposed upon one another as first envisaged by the late Hugh Everret and later, David Deutsch.
“He’s coming round,” I hear the lead doctor suddenly pronounce. At that instant, I vaporize into the quantum vacuum and slip into the body on the table. Days later, I sit up to write this poem:
 A Dream of Being in a Trefoil Tunnel1
In one out-of-body, space and time dream,
I am a shade swooshing in a trefoil stream-
In a tunnel wherein a whoosh up is a glide  
Round a bend that is a ride down an up-slide;
That is how a mind comes to know the plot:
I am in the smooth bind of a trefoil knot! 
And here in sleep, subliminal meet sublime,
Inside-out of the senses, outside-in of time! 
 
I go pass the upturns of days riding a light-beam, 
I go pass the downturns of nights at time-zero;
Light and shadow flee as one intermittent stream 
Of vaporeal velocities the mass of radii sub-zero; 
And ignoramuses the hulk of hippopotamuses,
And savants the brain of many polycephaluses2,
Atheists, quakers3, agnostics and whatnots, alike
Swoosh as zeros of nothing in the half-light.
 
Ignoramus et ignorabimus! 4 I wake but know not
If death be a cingulated5 sleep so dark and deep
One dreams not of waking but of staying asleep!
 
1. A tunnel ‘tied’ into an interconnected treble knot.     
2. Persons with many heads
3. Believers who literally tremble before their God.
4. Latin for ‘I do not know and will not know’
5. Banded, girdled
 

About the Author: 
I am a 'fan' of quantum theory but with no training in physics.

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