There was a time before TIME
when nothing could proceed.
Stars were waiting to be born
and LIFE was just a seed.

KA-BANG! went the cosmic goo,
and TIME and SPACE began:
suns and moons and planets
that led the way to MAN.

At least that's how MAN calls it,
but who's to say he's right?
He's only ten to the minus tenth
of the smallest star in sight.

Copyright © 2007, Bruce Boston

Origins, by Pat Rawlings

Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings

Bruce Boston has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers' Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He is the author of more than forty books and chapbooks, and his poetry and fiction have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Nebula Awards Showcase, Asimov's SF Magazine, Dark Wisdom, and Realms of Fantasy. You can find information on his new novel The Guardener's Tale (Sam's Dot, 2007) at