e = mc2

by Jeffrey B. Roth

Seconds, minutes, eons.
Mass and light squared.
Unbreakable, spiraling.
Blowing a bubble universe.
Stretching from never to forever.
Action-reaction, push-pull.
Each clink clank of humanity.
Nature, animate-inanimate.
Each strand woven of souls.
A billion lifetimes encoded.
The agony. The peace.
Passed on.
Generation to generation.
Father to son, mother to child.
Atom to atom. Cell to cell.
Organism to organism.
An innocuous microbe.

Always fatal.

Copyright © 2004, Jeffrey B. Roth
NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula

NGC 7635
The Bubble Nebula

Jeffrey B. Roth is a seven-time award winning writer, a writing teacher and a field interviewer/research assistant with Pennsylvania State University's Propser Project. In addition to his non-fiction work, which has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and also on the wire service, Roth has published a number of poems and short fiction pieces. He lives with his wife atop Bear Mountain in south-central Pennsylvania.

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