This life

This life is measured

in the tiny fragment

of time

that flashes like lightening

in an instant

and exists temporally

within the inscrutable

and umplumbed

folds of the universe.


For us, for all,

there is offered

only this morsel,

that once eaten

is forever digested

and dispersed

in the spinning earth

that is both

our womb and our grave.


This life’s meaning

is sung in a unique

hymn in the universe,

in a sui generis of song and aria,

whose stanzas,

once sung,

are never heard again,

but whose form is repeated

with each new beginning,

with each new adding

to the corpus of music.