Monday, September 29, 2008

So Lah.

The scientist asks me -
Did you know the sun

I shake my head.

I didn't know that.

It's true, he says
for billions of years the song of the sun
has gradually grown louder
and higher in pitch
as the pressure of its core expands
until eventually
- death, even for the sun -
where it fades to a tiny star
no bigger than the earth.

It doesn't explode?
I ask.

No, the scientist replies
our little star is too small
to explode
to go supernova
it merely incinerates Mercury,
and possibly Earth
before the gentle breath of its goodnight
subdued by Time
billions of years in the making.

I look at him staring at the night sky.

And for a moment I forget

my tiny life

as I listen for the song of the sun.

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