Singularity (after Stephen Hawking)

January 25, 2022
Coral Reef

Coral Reef by Ruslan Gilmanshin

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Singularity by Marie Howe

(after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
We once were?

So compact nobody
Needed a bed, or food or money –

Nobody hiding in the school bathroom
Or home alone

Pulling open the drawer
Where the ills are kept.

For every atom belonging to me as good
Belongs to you. Remember?

There was no Nature. No
Them. No tests

To determine if the elephant grieves her calf or if

The coral reef feels pain. Trashed
Oceans don’t speak English or Farsi or French:

Would that we could wake up to what we were –
When we were ocean and before that

To when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and rock was
Liquid and stars were space and space was not

At all – nothing

Before we came to believe humans were so important
Before this awful loneliness.

Can molecules recall it?
What once was? Before anything happened?

No I, no We, no one.  No was
No verb no noun
Only a tiny tiny dot brimming with

Is is is is is

All everything home

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...