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Cosmic Poetry, Cosmic Thought

NO MATTER by jkm

Have you ever wished upon a star?
Or wondered how many there are?

Or how far they are
From where we are?

Or if they really are


From where we are.
Have you ever really wished upon a star?

I never did.
I wonder what would happen . . .

No matter.
I'll find out when I am young again.


R. E. 'Keefe

     Beyond the Event Horizon,
     I wonder what I will find --
     God with an outstretched hand,
     or a no-Man's land?
     Will I be able to think,
     or will I be gone in a blink?
     Will I be stretched to a mile,
     or will I linger awhile?
     Will I be everywhere forever,
     or nowhere, and never?
     Do the answers lie in that dark matter?
     Was Einstein mad as a hatter?
     Why, we can't even imagine before Planck time,
     there's no reason, no rhyme.
     Is it best not to go?
     Perhaps it's better not to know...
     Is the universe cursed?
     It could be worse.

If the Earth is the size of a pea in New York, then the Sun is a beachball 50m away, Pluto is 4km away, and the next nearest star is in Tokyo. Now, shrink Pluto's orbit into a coffee cup; then our Milky Way Galaxy fills North America.


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