I set aside the decals, and pour the contents of the box onto the floor. It’s surprising how much matter there is. Even with the diagram of each piece, I’m having trouble telling the bosons apart. At least the quarks are easy to identify, since the color is confined to them. I snap the up quark into the charm quark, and that whole assembly into the top quark. This isn’t so bad, since it holds together without glue. I have to trim one end of the strange quark before I can match it with the down quark, and then the bottom one is the most stubborn of all. Finally, the body is done! I twist each lepton free, and sand down the edges. Snapping them together is a cinch, and the chassis is ready in no time. I spin the bosons one by one to determine which goes where, and attach them carefully to the corners. The quarks settle onto the frame, and I compare what I’ve got to the picture on the box. So close..I swear there should be a Higgs boson around here somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it.
Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. A former co-editor of Cider Press Review, he has published 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry, the most recent being “Self-Portrait as Odysseus,” published in 2011 by Tebot Bach Press. He’s won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife and 2 rambunctious dogs. His online home is www.rwynne.com.