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Poem: "The Hall of Worlds"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by minor_architect.  Read closely: this one has a lot of subtle references.

The Hall of Worlds

The universe is a work in progress.
Each galaxy is its own gallery,
stars spackled across the black canvas of space,
planets like a pinch of incessantly varied salt.

At the center lies the Hall of Worlds,
an infinite museum
of all that has been.

Each event is meticulously sealed in its case,
the fly embracing the amber,
dancing its way into eternity.
The shapes of stones are recorded alongside
extinct species preserved perfectly in perpetuity.
The elegant ellipses of orbits are condensed to their equations,
left in glowing contrails of light.

The photons themselves are mesmerized
like tiny golden birds before the sable serpent
that sways hypnotically where it coils around the cosmic egg,
secure at the center of all things.

The great attractor is the galaxy's museum,
an astronomic antiquarian carefully filing the data singularity,
a wholesale collection of potsherds and fossils and reunited fragments.
All are welcome; every visitor is enfolded by the everlasting
and there are no velvet ropes
to separate the examiners from the exhibits.
Here in the Hall of Worlds,
even Time itself is put up in jars of infintesimal space,
a flawless recollection of kingdoms come and gone.

For the universe forgets nothing --
all will be remembered --
and only Entropy is excluded from entry.

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shadowwolf13 From: shadowwolf13 Date: July 6th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that people were saying nice things about you.


Please feel free to stop by and read the comments, add your love to others, or spread the word to your friends. You might want to track your thread so you’ll know when new comments come in for you as this continues to grow.


ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Your "love" post is splendid! Thanks for tipping me to this. Must steal later when I am not insanely busy. Meanwhile, I have friended you.
shadowwolf13 From: shadowwolf13 Date: July 7th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Thank you! I love doing things like this. :)
raindrops From: raindrops Date: July 7th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Two thumbs and ten toes up. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad you like this one.

The Fishbowl is still going, if you want to toss me a prompt.
raindrops From: raindrops Date: July 9th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

I was in the middle of my LA trip, didn't have a lot of online time. Maybe next one. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

That's okay. There will be other times. Meanwhile you can read the poems that have been posted, or even sponsor one of the unsold ones.
From: minor_architect Date: July 7th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! It seems like you really had fun with the word choices in this one. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I sure did. I wanted to see how many different things I could cram in there.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 7th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting. I am still musing on the imagery.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: July 7th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I love what you've done with this one, love the imagery.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I had fun with the imagery, yes. I'm glad you like it.
siege From: siege Date: July 7th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, if entropy is excluded, then chemical reactions cannot happen. Only souls, then, may view the exhibit and return.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)


... that's a valid observation. *ponder*
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