Friday, April 4, 2014

Since the Big Bang

photo notes & credits appear below

Since the Big Bang

We started in the stars
some 10 to 15 billion years ago
(give or take a few)
and a lot has happened
since then.
Species -- extant & extinct,
known and un- and
those as yet to be -- we
travel the galaxy,
circling our solar system,
each of us sharing similar stardust origins;
created, begotten, made up by chance, happenstance,
variation &  recombination of the same
simple, little building blocks:
deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA
(like Legos, if you will):
a genetic alphabet – musical notes
on a magical scale --
in quest
of harmony.


 Written for 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 4 - Since (Blank)

Photo notes & credits:  

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And lastly, a note from the poet:   
Yes, I took poetic license with this photo. It is NOT our Milky Way, but it was titled A wanderer dancing the dance of stars and space – which also seemed appropriate to the subject matter.  (PSC)



  1. This is beautiful, Pamela! The photo and words are a perfect match! Week one of Poetry Month almost over but it has been a good one for poets on both sides of the border. :)

  2. THANK you, Patricia! So glad you enjoyed this! I need to make more time for reading & commenting. I know I'm missing out on some great poetry, while trying to keep on the PAD schedule. :-/

  3. Love the flow of this, especially...
    "created, begotten, made up by chance, happenstance,
    variation & recombination..."

  4. Dance of DNA sequencing!! LOVE it! Likening to Legos...right on, too!

    1. Thanks, Hannah -- glad you enjoyed it! (Dance of DNA? I like that! Sounds like you've started your own poem on a similar topic. Keep going!) :-)