Cosmic Misstep


Perhaps our Earth grew tipsy

she wandered onto the wrong orbital path for a second

a spiderweb sickened the Alaskan lake, shattering the diamond silence

the steady spine of the ancient Oak, struck by Heaven’s jagged whip,

shrieked in the disgrace of going crooked, falling in the dark.

A hurricane of desert sand swarmed the blooming Oasis, leaving her clean of life like the unsmiling face of Mars

no eyes to cry

no nose to breathe in the ashes of Death

no lips to smile at you, and say “It’s all right.”

So I’ll say it instead:

It’s all right.

I know because,

though Earth stumbled, dizzy,

the eyes of the Universe still stare from every star, an unbroken crystal horizon

Gravity still holds baby physics in the palm of one hand

the spider has recommenced embroidering her tiny corner of the night

Rain cries silent diamonds to wash away the fright

It’s all right

it’s all right

Tell me it’s all right


Image credits in order of appearance:

“Maffei 1 and 2” by NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team – WISENASA Image of the Day. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

“IC 342” by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –


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