For you I hope the universe will close—
shut tight like the eyes of a sleeping god:
all matter returned to a single set
to start again. Though I think the cosmos
will go and go. Galaxies float ahead
on the opening waves of space. They drift
apart, never reaching a common shore.
See here, the last act plays when we're long dead.
Since two good theories as ourselves have met,
we should attempt to combine within our
                                            time left.

Copyright © 2006, Linda Neuer

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

Linda Neuer is from Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines, and she has had a chapbook published.