NGC 602The oldest stars are younger
than the universe itself.
A paradox, astronomers say.
Universal, I say, and comforting.
My parents are older than I, yet
my family did not exist before me.
My brother is younger than I, yet
his family did not exist before him.
Where is the conflict?
The universe is a family,
coming into being for each
only after parent stars catch fire.

Copyright © 2008, Greg Beatty

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Greg Beatty is recently married. He and his wife live in Bellingham Washington. Greg has a BA from University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Iowa, both in English, and attended Clarion West 2000. Greg's work has appeared in 3SF, Absolute Magnitude, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Asimov's, Fortean Bureau, HP Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, the Internet Review of Science Fiction, Ideomancer, Oceans of the Mind, Paradox, SCI FICTION, Shadowed Realms, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, among other venues. He won the Rhysling Award in 2005 (short poem category). Greg's first chapbook Phrases of the Moon is now available from Spec House.