When Andromeda and the Milky Way Collide

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Night sky, a spray of stars of mother’s milk
as well as points of light as bright as your last kiss
In its spray certain densities exist —knots in space
in them space insists that nebulae twist and pulses race
in them you might even make out articulations of another’s face,
of one concealed behind a veil of exploding lace
attitude is key, and grace
but when Andromeda and the Milky way collide
things will change, status quos will not abide
so, in terms of hearts, there would be tears
but you needn’t be concerned for us
since astrophysicists who’ve counted well
tell us this collision will not happen
for billions of years. I thank time,
this time, for stalling one ache it bears

Jim Culleny


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