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From the Table of Elements

 

for Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

H

Loneliest atom

born from a battle

of quarks

and bosons

that raged

for three hundred

centuries,

begat from a single

note,

a mote smaller

than a photon,

a cataclysm

that framed time

and all the elements;

Harmos,

the binding

of gravitons,

cosmic crescendo

of spheres,

not from Mandeleev’s

blocks,

but from a helix

of strings,

a whirlwind:

we rose from the lightest

elements like a dervish

out of dust:

carbon and phosphorus,

hydrogen and oxygen,

acid strains

informed by light,

for a scant waking,

then back

to the furnace of stars

before we can

know why.

 

Robert René Galván