We harvested the fruits of muddy shores,
watched millions of diamond sparkles
on the crests of ocean waves before
we turned our eyes to space. It startled
us and left us wanting to know more
about what lies beyond the darkness,
titillated and tempted to explore.
Still we must overcome hurdles
while our feet are rooted in Earth’s floor,
thankful that our world’s not starless
and the universe too beautiful to ignore.
Kim M. Russell, 7th May 2019
Merril tells us that she was fascinated by the recent photo of a black hole and says that there is a long history of poetry that contemplates both the world around us and the universe. She has shared a link to a Brainpickings post, in which Maria Popova mentions several recent poems about space. In particular, she focuses on astronomer-poet Rebecca Elson, who died at age thirty- nine, and her poem ‘Theories of Everything’.
For this poetics prompt, Merril would like us to write poems about theory or theories: how we make sense of the natural world, our bodies, space, or whatever.