Your Doppler Effect

Just keep swimming.
– Dory, Finding Nemo

Keep moving forward.
-The Robinsons

Let them hear you coming.
That’s the whole point.
Let them register your approach,
from the soundwaves you leave behind.

Let them adjust their eyes,
from the neutral blue of the night
to the bright red of your horizon
Make it difficult for them not to acknowledge you.

It might be the only evidence
of your ephemeral existence,
a passing moment in space and time,
with occasional yet regular reminders to them,

of you.

Note: This poem was inspired by the Döppler effect, which describes the frequency of sound, water and light waves made by a moving source and perceived by a stationary observer, or a stationary source perceived by a moving observer. In this case, the former was used for the base metaphor of this poem.This poem does not completely describe the Döppler effect and anyone who wishes to learn more should consult an actual textbook. For any that find my understanding of the Döppler effect too rudimentary, I am willing to learn. Please email me at to provide me a better understanding and so I can attempt a new/better piece.
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Your Doppler Effect by Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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