by Kristin Fontaine
Here is the thing
about galaxies, suns, and planets in their courses
about civilizations and communities,
They all end.
We all end.
vanished in a blink of the eye of the universe
but the galaxies, suns, and moons spun on alone.
They too will stop,
winding down in the red heat death of the universe.
The incrdible life creating energy
ending in death.
If they end,
So we end.
Until that time,
Humans can wail about the coming of the end.
That is an option our self-knowelge gives to us,
fear of future.
Using our fear of the end as a shield against joy,
Instead of as a catalyst into delight.
Time rolls on,
But not our lives.
The time given us by the great explosion of Joy
by the energy of creation, surging life,
choices to come.
Kristin Fontaine is an itinerant Episcopalian, crafter, hobbyist, and unstoppable organizer of everything. Advent is her favorite season, but she thinks about the meaning of life and her relationship to God year-round. It all spills out in the essays she writes. She and her husband own Dailey Data Group, a statistical consulting company.
Image: Hubble galaxies
By NASA/HST – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/36/, Public Domain,