Shiva’s Footprints

From a collection of 100-word stories & wonders

A particle physicist sees the footprints of Dancing Shiva in images of annihilation and creation at nature’s heart. Photo by Kenneth Lu, via flickr.


“The more high-energy particle collisions, the more surprises like the Higgs.” Alan was giving his sister Kayla the twitter version of his work at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. “I heard this is really some kinda super-secret stargate project, she said. “So, level with me…” He shoulder-punched her, friendly like. Kayla shrugged, stopped at the base of Shiva’s statue, smirked as if encountering this lord of the cosmic dance gracing CERN’s campus was a dead giveaway. “Shiva?” scoffed Alan. “A metaphor. Creation. Destruction. Get it?” “You gonna show me that stargate or not?” “Nope. Just Dancing Shiva’s footprints.”

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