cosmology breeds theology

 

i sit up at night just to be alone,

during the day there is no escaping humanity.

 

i search for a bench in the park

away from people, there is no such bench.

 

marketa is asleep, i am tired,

soon i'll be sleep beside my sweet one.

 

for now, i'm thinking about something

i read today, that the milky way,

 

our cozy little home in the cosmos,

is some two million light-years across.

 

two million. think of it. a light-year,

i had to look it up, is six trillion miles.

 

two million times six trillion. my goodness,

that a lot of miles. i was staring into the blue,

 

paused in my search for a bench,

to look up and think about those numbers.

 

i could come up with no sensible way

to get a sense of it, and thought—

 

that degree of vastness is inhuman, 

humans need a scale by which

 

to measure themselves, ourselves,

not something so outlandish as the cosmos.

 

i thought of god reaching out to touch man,

to kindle life, to take a rib, it seemed less outlandish.

 

i thought of satan, of the archangels, of the descent,

of virgil and the styx, those i could imagine,

 

not the vastness, which i have to take on faith

no less than the other, the creation story—

 

i would invent such a story if were ur-man, ur-woman,

i couldn't sleep at night otherwise, 

 

thinking about the blue sky and beyond.

i would make it up, and make it my last thought of day.

 

 

 

 

 





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Written on 2020-06-27 at 08:50

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Humans crave meaning and understanding. They've always done as you would do. Good poem.
2020-06-28


AFRODITE STATHI
What a search the search beyond blue sky.Loved your thought...there is no escaping humanity...Such a good work,as always.
2020-06-27