Sreedhar Vinnakota

We Men

We grappled, bit by bit
unravelling the universe
with Einstein’s relativity
and Planck’s quantum

to understand aging

twins, shrinking rods,
slowing clocks, atoms
floating, and pixellated
light, all the while

feeling smug and smart

that we could
control the universe

and dictate its future

until we heard
the shots that splattered
blood and turned
the blackboard red.


Sreedhar Vinnakota is a theoretical physicist who lives in Chennai, India.