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A Galactic Starburst In The Shape Of A Bullet

by Tom Goss


1.
I am a thin sliver of doubt
floating upon a sea of devastating tranquility.

Yet I dream with the velocity
of exploding stars.


2.
As planet Earth rotates at 1,000 miles per hour,
my mind twirls with dream-time possibilities;

like a ball on a string we simultaneously zoom
around a lemony sun at 66,000 miles per hour.

3.
Even when I try to cease these clock-tick movements
the chemistry of life churns onward as heartbeat by heartbeat
my body rifles through space-time.

In the massive serenity of the moment
I sense the glacial churn of the Milky Way;

though our spiral arm spins at 483,000 miles per hour,
it still feels like swimming in molasses.

4.
As I sink deeper into this cosmic mirror-land
I hear the faint rattle of a snake's tail
as my perspective morphs again.

Relative to the Cosmic Background Radiation,
the Milky Way barrels through space-time
at 1.3 million miles per hour.

5.
As my essence bathes in the faint
universal whispers of the big bang

I taste millimeter-sized wavelengths
bursting with the flavor of human epiphany,

for I suddenly know that,
since the formation of the Sun and Earth,

the quarks that compose my body
have spun around the Milky Way twenty times.

6.
I am a thin sliver of doubt
floating upon a sea of devastating tranquility.

Yet I dream with the velocity
of exploding stars.



08/10/2012

Author's Note: Kneel Before My Cosmic Shotgun Of Truth and witness this poem from my upcoming book 2! http://bruisedroseblossoms.com/

Posted on 08/10/2012
Copyright © 2021 Tom Goss

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/11/12 at 05:58 PM

I kneel before you in your excellent capture of humanity in its place among the cosmos. Love the way you've given us the facts of rotational speeds, etc. Have always wondered those things, but never bothered to look up.lemony sun...superb description.

Posted by Angela Stevens on 08/12/12 at 09:04 PM

Um, Wowza! 'Yet I dream with the velocity of exploding stars.' What I just read was utterly stunning.

Posted by Laurie Blum on 08/15/12 at 05:46 PM

This nurtures my inner soul. The sun is most definately lemony! Beautiful images of the eternal cosmos!

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 08/16/12 at 08:59 PM

What a great title. It leads us down the rabbit hole that is this amazing poem with a chain around the throat. Awesome.

Posted by Gail Wolper on 08/08/14 at 11:04 PM

Love this particular worm-hole. Reminds me of Contact with Jodi Foster, one of my all time favorite movies

Posted by Rebecca Andre on 10/12/20 at 01:05 AM

so much lyrical language i am in love with in this. one such: In the massive serenity of the moment I sense the glacial churn of the Milky Way;

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