Full-sky map of the oldest light in the universe

Through microwave eyes the whole sky glows
from an ancient nightlight: the universe,
300,000 years newborn. A seething fog
of nuclei and electrons too hot to be bound
as atoms. Murky baby wailing light
since the start of time. Follow its radiance
to the birth pangs of the Big Bang. A silent film,
14 billion years old, delivered by photon midwives
with wavelength arms. Constant c, light speed
remains. Long past our eyes, will descendants gaze
at distant scenes from their nursery?

Copyright © 2005, Linda Neuer

Linda Neuer is from Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines, and she has had a chapbook published.