Extraordinary Truths

The fourteen billion years elapsed
  since atoms shattered emptiness
    igniting stars and galaxies
      with elemental energies
shall not be wasted here tonight
  nor fall toward mediocrity
    beneath the grief of gravity.

Let's leave our sleep and wake to see
  the grandeur of cosmology

the reasons things gain force and mass
  in orbits that may crash or pass

how space and time define but part
  of where death ends or when souls start
    prospecting heavens past a prayer.

Come peer beyond this cosmic glare:

our universe of cyclic births
  of untold worlds and rarer Earths
    and black holes which devour light
      still teems with secrets lost on sight

- extraordinary truths to know
  when thoughts like rockets freely go
    toward weightlessness, escaping speeds,
      exploring how all life proceeds.

Extraordinary Truths © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: January 21, 2021

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