The navel of a galaxy, they say,
is bright as day. And this is what I saw
within a solitary spar of sun
which fell into my four-square world today
to daze, amaze the common plebeian light
abiding there – bright, planetary flecks
that whirled and swung, now living, luminant,
now gone, profuse and streaming specks that spun
and reeled in radiant, volant phantasies,
revealed and splendid for the span that shaft
stabbed bright among wan fields. Alas, it faded
fast, all blended with the lesser light,
and – gone, that whole resplendent miracle,
a cosmos inches wide and moments long.

From ‘Nature’

4 thoughts on “Galaxies

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