The universe used to be an iceberg:
10% visible, 90% below water.
It was there, and we knew where,
but we just couldn't see the very
small very distant very fast very slow.
That's what we used to know.

Now we know better.
The universe isn't below the water,
bobbing just below the surface.
It's that the matter we know,
that oh, say 4%, is all the matter
there is. The rest is dark matter
and negative energy, held in
place, well, in being, through
tension. That's not an iceberg.
That's a person. 4% consciousness
96% darkness and tension:
the universe as id and shadow,
neutrinos as desperate meeps
from the subconscious,
comets as repetitive neuroses,
novas as painful breakthroughs,
and gravity as a serious habit.
Yeah. That sounds about right.
Or maybe that's just me.

Copyright © 2006, Greg Beatty

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Greg Beatty has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa, where he wrote a dissertation on serial killer novels. He attended Clarion West 2000, and any rumors you've heard about his time there are, unfortunately, probably true. Greg writes everything from science fiction poetry (winning a Rhysling last year) to reviews of books that don't exist. When he's not writing, Greg teaches for the University of Phoenix Online. Greg recently got married.