Where Utter Is Deepest

—Physicist Sir Roger Penrose showed that black holes were not completely black but could leak radiation
black holes are not completely black

(a knight says they leak light)
so even in space where nothing breathes
where you couldn’t be more alone
where stillness is not peace but death
where distance between things
makes the idea of neighborhood absurd
where utter is deepest and space is most profound
where moons can’t kiss and the closest thing to embrace
is to orbit, which is not a circling of arms
but a constant falling away,
where the inertia of origin commands
that all things separate, expand,
proceed apart day after day—
even there, from the onyx eye of a black hole
a crumb of light is tossed, so,
the chance of seeing you again
may be not forever lost

Jim Culleny

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