A small blue rock,
Spinning through infinity,
One of countless millions
Dancing to gravity’s
Stern, steady, unrelenting beat.
And yet this rock hears another music too,
Vibrates to life’s quick pulse,
Joyful, tender, fleeting song.
If mercy, kindness and compassion can be found
In all the dark infinity,
Search for them here,
Upon this small, blue, spinning rock.
All through the limitless reaches of space
Right to the uttermost pinpricks of light
We can look up;
Into the crystals and minerals and rocks
Into the layers and depths of the earth
We can look down.
We can observe, we can measure,
We can calculate, we can speculate
And it’s amazing.
Through countless ages and aeons of time,
And to the birth of the cosmos itself
We can look back;
Across the astounding assortment of life on the earth,
And to the mountains and rivers
And forests and cities
And oceans and deserts and plains
We can look round.
Into the chemical secrets of life,
Into the genes that make up who we are,
Into the tiniest fragments of dust,
Into a singular quantum of light
We can look in.
So much is understood,
So much is yet to be learned,
But all of it is amazing.
Thales, Archimedes, Galileo Galilei,
Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton,
Edward Jenner Michael Faraday,
Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur,
James Clerk Maxwell, Nikola Tesla,
Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn,
Niels Bohr, Edwin Hubble, Paul Dirac,
Alan Turing, Ernest Rutherford,
James Watson, Rosalind Franklin,
Francis Crick, Stephen Hawking.
These are the names of some of the people
Who taught us to understand our Universe,
And each of them believed
That light is better than darkness,
That truth is better than falsehood,
That knowledge is better than ignorance,
I believe that too.
Ra, Inti, Helios, Sol.
Light-Sender, Heat-Giver, Food-Grower,
Life-Kindler, Seed-Warmer, Fire-Starter,
Planet-Spinner, Storm-Blower, Cloud-Painter,
Shadow-Maker, Time-Teller, Night-Chaser,
Flare-Thrower, Sea-Stirrer, Bud-Waker,
Snow-Melter, Stone-Splitter, Fog-Lifter.
Ordinary star though you are,
A rather small glowing ball
In the universal scheme,
Without your life-giving glow
We would not be here at all
Ni, Kuat, surya, Tamanuiterā.
A small ship
Slides through the silence of space,
It weaves an un-steerable course.
And we, its crew, what must we do,
But tend the ship, help each other,
And try to enjoy the journey in peace?
Copyright (c) 2017 Ian Assersohn