The Great Universe
Hicham El Qendouci
I am but a
small atom still remaining
From the beginning of the great blast
When creating the universe
Fifteen billion years ago.
I am a nucleus that has survived
In the interstellar nebular cloud
And in the rocky magma
Dissolved in the ground.
Born and poured into body and nerves,
Into consciousness and perception,
I am headed to the eternal unknown,
Over green lawns, lightning flashes,
Stormy winds, and the cries of birds.
a grain of sand from the oldest hourglass
I walk slowly toward the horizon,
Looking for the wonders of the universe:
Black holes, red giants, and white dwarfs.
It is possible that if I missed the road
Somewhere in space
As one of the subatomic particles,
A gift of smoke, where lust is nothing,
I might not have seen
This very green world,
Or heard its voice call,
Or caught the scent
Of the strange mythical incense of the place.
What are planets
and stars and galaxies
When compared to You, but
Silent blocks, dead glowing gases,
Shouts without echo,
Infinity without end?
I am worthless dust,
The poor defaulter
For flashing moments,
Who contemplates the great universe,
Absorbs eternal music
And sings eternal songs.
I hunt among the
particles of days,
Jump into evening’s boat,
And fill my hunting backpack
With the fragrance of violets,
With the green of marine algae,
And with glowing moonlight.
What a blessing of God
That human beings who live in this world
Are part of galaxies that spin with majesty
In a sea that whispers intimate secrets
About the universe’s infinite oval.
I know that life
Whether here, around us, on Earth,
Or in the universe’s distant depths.
If it happens that on the final day,
When our sun has exhausted its nuclear fuel
And becomes a star hanging silently in space
As a white dwarf, its center heavy elements
Of particles converged until they cling,
And Earth dies like the rest of the solar system,
We will already have gone within ionic spaceships
To Earth’s twin in a distant galaxy,
Where we can plant our seeds
And live together in harmony.
Hicham El Qendouci, firstname.lastname@example.org, who wrote the BP #90’s
poem, “The Great Universe,” and BP #88 (Editor’s
Favorite) poem, “Love River Forever,” is a
freelance writer, poet, and painter. He lives in Morocco and speaks six
languages, including: Tamazight, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and English,
and holds a Baccalaureate Certificate in Literature and Human Sciences. In his
free time he writes science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, literary stories,
plays, and poems; he likes reading same, and enjoys drawing and practicing sports.