Lucius Furius


Star-Stuff - Poem by Lucius Furius

Sweet Earth, each molecule of me has come from you.
Sesame seed, broken into amino acids and calcium,
became my tiny bones; bananas, potassium,
the cells of my brain.
If we could trace each atom back, we'd find
Kansas, Iowa, Ecuador, Spain.
And further still, through unimaginable millennia,
these same atoms - the very same- were flung from a
supernova,
only to recombine, here, on Earth.

'Of star-stuff, are we made.' Carl Sagan said.

And then (when I'm dead)
the same in reverse:
the atoms' slow dispersal:
pulled in by roots, washed by rivers, melted in magma,
blown, finally, to smithereens by the exploding sun....
Star-stuff, once again, become.

Topic(s) of this poem: cosmology, earth, evolution, sun, universe

Form: Lyric


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Photo of Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama, from OpenCulture website.

This poem is one of the Humanist Art Homepage, Scraps of Faith poems.

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    Poem Submitted: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Poem Edited: Sunday, August 13, 2017


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