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 the dark of a well,
spot on the mirror sent years ago
into a depth colder than still hell

reflecting our lonely circumstance
home glows tenuously,
smaller than the period
at this sentence end.

vague lucent point
the 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 imagine,
which might require something as
short as an instant’s instant to reveal

if only light were quicker,
the laws of physics fully peeled
and god were not so much a
mercilessly silent trickster

by Jim Culleny

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