The sun appears each day –

wonderful – each night

the stars. Marvellous – this

certainty. But what of us?

Each awaits a sinking sun.

But this reality – a multitude –

constellation after constellation

disappearing –

for this is what will be.

The prophet spoke –

assuring us of this impossibility –

and yet it is – for this the scientists

conclude – humanity overwhelmed.

Waves on the sea appear and disappear.

Unspoken, unforeseen – the singular becoming

universal. Before the equal sign a plus or minus –

can we now change the operation –

the many speaking – a multitude

appearing like the stars.


Jeremiah 33:19-22


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