The Second Law of Thermodynamics

NASA Rocket Experiment Finds the Universe Brighter Than We Thought Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center CC (link below)

Motherhood is the
battle against the second law of
It’s the giant
fuck you
to your own decaying body.
It’s the daily struggle
to create order out of chaos:
to wipe up shit
and puke
and pick up toys.
Motherhood is
attempted transcendence
of the universe’s slow slide into entropy.
The heat death of the universe is something
to look forward to.
In the meantime there’s
Disney on Ice.

Daphne Alroy is a homemaker in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Image credit: “NASA Rocket Experiment Finds the Universe Brighter Than We Thought,” NASA Goddard Space Flight Center CC,

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This article first appeared in Geez magazine Issue 53, Summer 2019, Mothering.

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