Pale Blue Dot

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”  —Carl Sagan on a photo taken of Earth by Voyager 1

Pale Blue Dot 2





pale blue dot in a dark well,
spot on the mirror sent years ago
into depths colder than still hell
reflecting our lonely circumstance

home glows tenuously,
smaller than the period
at this clause’s end.

vague point, lucent,
a place of cruel small thoughts
as well as those sublime enough
to reach billions of light years into a past
closed only by a shortfall of time
—a breadth of scarcity we can’t even think,
requiring space as short
as an instant’s instant to reveal

if only light were whole and quicker,
the laws of physics fully peeled
and god were not so much a
mercilessly silent trickster
by whom nothing certain is revealed

by Jim Culleny

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