--Wikipedia, “Omega”

Just watching raindrops slapping leaves

is better than anything requiring electricity

including fame and posterity. Monday

morning I walk over to the art museum

stand before Homer. I’m imagining

life in ancient Greece, the land largely

deforested to build a navy, white as bone,

a tourist attraction. The sea too being

denuded of its fish, super-efficient fishery

fleets, and every human wanting a healthy

dose of omega 3. O my God, omega!

the 24th and last letter of his alphabet,

which means great and has a value of 800,

often used to denote the last, the end, the

ultimate limit of a set, as in I am the alpha

and the omega (which was omitted

from the oldest manuscripts). In physics,

ohm is a unit of electrical resistance,

in chemistry, oxygen-18, a stable isotope,

in statistical mechanics, it represents multiplicity

(the number of microstates) in a system.

In astronomy, the density of the universe

(density parameter) and the longitude

of the ascending node of an orbit.

Also the solid angle or rate of precession

in a gyroscope. In particle physics,

omega baryons. In complex analysis,

the Omega constant, a solution to Lambert’s

W function. In calculus, a variable

for a 2-dimensional region, usually

corresponding to the domain of a double

integral. In topos theory, the codomain

of the subobject classifier of an elementary

space. In combinatory logic,

the looping combinator. In group theory,

the omega and agemo subgroups of a p-group.

In Big O notation, the asymptotic

behavior of functions. Chaitin’s uncomputable constant.

Omega watches, badge of the Supreme Court,

last mission of the Space Shuttle program,

God of War, Heroes of Olympus,

Pokemon’s Omega Ruby, Sonic the Hedgehog’s E-123.

Symbol of resistance to the Vietnam War draft.

Year of date of death. Lowest-ranked wolf.

The end of everything.

In molecular biology, a two-point crossover.

The lower case omega denotes the carbon atom

furthest from the carboxyl group of a fatty acid.

One of the RNA polymerase subunits.

The dihedral angle associated with the peptide group.

A measure of evolution at the protein level.

In physics, angular velocity or angular frequency.

In computational fluid dynamics, the specific

turbulence dissipation rate. In meteorology,

the change of pressure in time of a parcel

of air. Natural frequency

in circuit analysis and signal processing.

A ranking of a star’s brightness in a constellation.

A designation of the argument of periapsis

of an orbit. The omega meson.

In Big O notation

the asymptotically dominant nature of functions.

NULL, a missing or inappropriate value.

The first transfinite ordinal number.

The first uncountable ordinal number.

The complex cube roots of 1.

The Wright Omega function. A general differential form.

The number of distinct prime divisors of *n*.

An arithmetic function. The self-application combinator.

The elasticity of financial options.

The tracking error of an investment manager.

In linguistics, the phonological word.

The archetype of a manuscript tradition.

In eschatology, the symbol for the end of everything.

The beginning of my first week without tv.

No more movies. If I have nothing to do

or I’m too bored to do anything, I’ll just sit still

see what happens. Be like weather.

Be under the weather, with the weather,

in weather. Watch weather from the window.

Wait for change, in me and the weather.

How will I change? This is life and not life.

In 15 years or so I’ll be gone from the earth,

bones whitening on some mountain (if I’m lucky)

or rotting in the lowlands river or estuary I lived near (more likely)

flesh to sweat flesh with the population, dead.

This death consciousness of which should give this life’s activities perspective, except

for the red sunset which remains untouched by atomic IQ;

and dead, laying open to the blue sky and dry leaves one autumn like last autumn, or

the autumn I realized my insignificance.

Copyright 2015 by Robert Ronnow. Acknowledgements.