The Very End of Everything


There is no war

that I am waging

no opponent

nothing advancing

no drums

no trumpeter

I am alone here

whirling

across the dark

towards the moon

around it

and away

I am suspended

afloat flying

spinning planets

drift between

the tendril

ends of me

I am alone here

listening

to the sigh

of my own

breath

play me

spherical and

sublime

I am alone

and I am everywhere

there is no war

that I am waging


WONDER

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. 

George Eliot

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