On Mirrors and Reflection

Geometrical optics is just a rough
approximation. The angle of incidence
is supposed to be the same as the angle

of reflection. Well,
when wavelengths are small enough
to disregard the character of

the wave, this method might work.
But ray tracing requires straight lines
with arrowheads showing they’re sure

of their direction, requires
no distortions, and you have to ignore
the photon’s character as well

as its energy levels. Not to mention,
the angles have to be measured
from the normal. It’s so hard to

sketch a mirror image. Who can find
a line of symmetry when everything
is off-center?


(For the “Mirror, Mirror” poetry prompt by Seth Haines. Read the prompt and join in with your own poem!)


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