Artist's concept of pulsar planet systemsky
    sky
        sky
the stars
spread   o   u   t
like splashed droplets
of milk...

twenty billion years ago or more
God **sighed** the egg BURST
10(-43) seconds photonsprotons
eight billion degrees
10 (-37) seconds
electrons muons pions gravitons

filaments light-years looooooooong
reach
out—plasmic arms
helium
matter holding matter
stars the grind and pulse
contraction expansion
carbon
core-pop

Universes

iron lead
radium O3 H20
light records
the lifedeath
dance of
stars
God's signature the Milky Way
thirty times a second
Pulsars spin and cry the
Name of
God

Black holes
eat the
manna of the Universe
BELCH
    x-ray
        s  h o w  e r s white
holes SPEW
quarks
stars galaxies
dreams
neutrinos flit through
space
    rock
        ...me...

little ghosts
anti - gravitons
tachyons -
angels of the infinite

He said he had vision
And so I shared with him
My vision.
“Atheist,” he said.
And told me his vision
Which was, of course, correct.
I suppose.
On and on he droned
godhellsatanfiresinchristdiedforYOURsinsboymoneybuildchurch
and on...

and on...

After a while, searching the horizon,
I heard *another* voice
turned
my face to the
S
    t
        a
             r
                S

somewhere beyond Boötes
a
pulsar
cried
God's
name.

Copyright © 2006, Jay Arr Henderson

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)

At 15, Jay Arr Henderson wrote his first poem. It was called “Despair.” That seems to have set a pattern. *sigh* When he’s not ripping out bits of his soul to paste into poems, he writes short stories which usually turn out to have a very comedic turn. Go figure.