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Poem: "Time, Space, and Distance" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Time, Space, and Distance"

This poem came from the February 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Stephen Laird.  It's based on a video about stellar motion within the galaxy and the italicized lines are quotes from the video text.  This poem belongs to the series An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space.

Time, Space, and Distance

To understand the universe,
one needs parallax.

To understand the war,
one needs perspective.

Time, space, and distance
are not to scale

Estelle created a holographic program
that showed the whole galactic plane,
the Sun swimming through space
on a spiral path like a strange jellyfish
making its way through a sea of ink and sparks.

The arms of the Milky Way
reach out through the stellar wind.
The planets dance around the Sun,
forever led by its luminous beacon.

It takes about 226 million years
to orbit the galactic center

The notable battles of the war
appear like pinheads of red,
visible only at high magnification,
spattered along a short span
of the Sun's infinite looping path
and beyond, into the Lacuna
that lies between the Arms.

So small an impact,
one would think,
looking at it in the context
of all that lies around it.

Please read my notes in the video description
before posting a comment

Look at this, you conceited imbeciles --
the universe made this masterpiece,
and all you can think to do
is FIGHT OVER one little piece of it?
And to think you call US "mentally disabled."

This?  Is why I'm against the war.

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From: siliconshaman Date: February 9th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I get sick of humanity, I look at the stars and put it all into perspective. We are a fleeting phenomenon in a space infinite in time & distance.

That said, humans are like ants, who stand on a blade of grass and say the meadow is the whole universe.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


I know the feeling.

I really liked the stuff in "Antz" about Insectopia, and the zoom out where you get to see how tiny the whole scope of the movie really was.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: February 26th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
"above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars forever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done
nor bid the Stars farewell."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 26th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)


Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl
-- Carl Sandburg

I love it when my poetry inspires my audience to start quoting other poetry at each other.

From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

Quote all the poetry!

I've been mostly reading winter poems to send in Christmas cards recently so this series has been a wonderful divergence from that

--Anna Libertas (from Ao3)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying the poetry. I do get fun crosstalk in my blogs.
From: julia kolb Date: August 30th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


I have to agree with that
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 30th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Anomalous

Sooth. Some humans are wiser than others.
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