Saturday, January 12, 2019

Poetry: From the Beginning

 

From the Beginning

There is a hush
from the beginning
of time, where you
can hear yourself blink.

There is a hush,
where a minute ago
we were two million miles
closer to this cluster than
we are now.

There is a hush
when we realize how it is
that we belong at the limit
of the powers of observation.

There is a hush
when the universe evolved
from the static.

I shall return to the hush.

I shall return in a moment
to the conditions which might
have existed at the beginning.

To a hush which can no longer be
distinguished from nothingness.

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George Cassidy Payne is an independent writer, domestic violence counselor, and adjunct instructor in the humanities at Finger Lakes Community College. George's blogs, essays, letters, poems, and photographs have been published in a wide variety of national and international outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Buffalo News, Albany Times-Union, Syracuse Post Standard, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, The Toronto Star, The Minority Reporter, Chronogram Journal, Ovi Magazine, CounterPunch, Moria Poetry Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and more.


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2 Responses

  1. John Jongen says:

    Like the hush in the room the instant that the Pluto fly-by team held its collective breath when a two-headed clump revealed the origin of us all….

  2. John Jongen says:

    Accretion, not creation…Our hush and awe was created by the discovery that Darwin’s evolution seems also to operate as the silent, methodical accretions on the planetary level over the eons. There is no evidence of intervention by an intelligent creator, or an invisible hand.

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