“Mystery Object Found in Supernova’s Heart”
MYSTERY OBJECT FOUND IN SUPERNOVA’S HEART
(After an item in the YAHOO Science News)
At first glance, the object looked like the cold
densely packed stellar corpse one expects
to see inside a bimillenial supernova.
But the X-rays revealed an unprecedented enigma:
this object is far older than the heart it inhabits.
Tonight, under winter skies,
I tally all the things that have yet to come,
against the hard count of things gone,
doggedly tilting toward balance,
and thanking the stars their indulgence.
And it seems that I’ve always had the time
to become a substance older than myself.