when you reach equilibrium
by Nariman Youssef
from The Wave Theory of Angels by Alison Macleod —
The human heart an orderly system? Don’t believe it.
Chaoticians examining beat-by-beat analyses of the human heart have found, on the contrary, ‘a surprisingly erratic pattern’ in the heart rate of healthy subjects –a pattern formerly dismissed as mere ‘noise’ in the quest for physiological order. A healthy heartbeat, it turns out, shows unexpectedly random dynamics. Health, it seems, is the natural ability of the heart to adapt to disorder; youth, the body’s ease with complexity. With fluctuations. Perturbations. Chaos.
When you reach equilibrium, you’re dead.