Sunday, January 5, 2014

Neighborhood Light (Jan 2014).

Neighborhood Light

 Like the rim of the known

universe expanding into the dark

non-edge of space,

 the blurred knots

of the local clusters dragging

apart, drifting undone,

 the golden arms

of each galaxy opening to the slowing

original spin,

 like the loosening grip of each star

on each rotating body

revolving around its cooling center,

 like the bodies themselves,

planets grinding down on imaginary

axes, each year a linear fraction longer,

 like the light that pierces

the frail shell of atmosphere

on this planet, the light of dead stars,

 like the expanding rim, the stars at the boundary

rushing into nothing, their light moving in,

moving out, light we'll never see,

 like that light, the rays never entering

this sky, this sky a few molecules poorer

each lengthening day,

 like the swell and ebb of the living

mass of species, emblems twice withdrawn

to abstraction by the reductive statistics of speech,

 like the Dead Sea, the briny death

of its wet iconograph, the brilliant shapes

of crystal driftwood on its shores,

 like the blind white fish of the caves,

like the song of the snail darter,

like the fish living on the edge

 of the fresh, blinding hot currents

pushing into the edge

of that sea, every sea becoming that sea....

 Copyright © 2006 Theodore Worozbyt All rights reserved

from A Unified Theory of Light

Dream Horse Press

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