Fingerprints of the Gods

by Michael Lohr

NGC 2787

Stellar wisps of afterbirth,
remnants of the Big Bang,
the first singularity,
swirling before our eyes in ceaseless motion,

the cogs of creation,
the alpha of beginnings,
the fractal monolith of time,
mechanisms of a faceless god,
primal moving.

In the Mandelbrot set,
the eternal tome,
we have discovered the ever illusive fingerprints of the creator,
coded relics,
remnants from the first stages of inception.

We rejoice like Icarus,
but is this a cornucopia of discovery
or a little box left over in Pandora's wake?

As we stumble into the event horizon of this new beginning,
one step from infinity,
one breath from Planck length,
the perpetual procession of the stars,
is fueled ever onward,
by the engines of the prime mover.

Copyright © 2004, Michael Lohr

Michael Lohr is a writer, university researcher and folklorist. He has published nonfiction, fiction and poetry in over 28 countries. His writings have been translated into 23 languages, including Icelandic, Welsh, Hebrew, Romanian, Croat, Latvian, Estonian, Malay and Tamil. He has appeared in such diverse magazines as Rolling Stone, Rolling, London Review, The New York Review, Flight Journal, Hiking Magazine, Men’s Journal, Vermont Living, Vermont Life, Southern Living, Cowboys & Indians, Rocky Mountain Reader, Virginia Horse Journal, Horse Illustrated, Bluegrass Unlimited, Outside Magazine, The Copperfield Review, Mandolin Quarterly, Earth Island Journal, Blue Ridge Outdoors and Blue Ridge Country.

He is currently Senior-Editor-At-Large and a member of the Board of Directors of Beyond Borders Press based in Reykjavík, Iceland and Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

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