Long Live the Universe, A Poem

Updated on May 11, 2019
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Chris has been writing poetry for 28 years and though his focus is short fiction, he has had one piece published.

Mostly Galaxies, Not Stars

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The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun

Long Live the Universe

The sun does not linger all evening

But sinks beneath the horizon,

Sublime.

Like John, George, Paul, and Ringo

Going one at a time.


Every song has an ending,

A book, one last page,

Actors play out

A final scene.

A poem, a closing phrase.


The cosmos rushes forth

Stretching those in tow.

Four hundred billion galaxies

Disappear,

With nothing left to show.


Suns set.

Books close.

Songs end.

Hearts stop.

The universe stretches a meter too far—


Blackness follows...


Will a new morning come

For each of us,

A fresh start,

Another chance?

I don’t know.


Will new hearts

begin to beat

To a new and different drum

As the sun and old souls rise

Until their work is done?


Sunrise

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      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Thank you, Matthew. Our mortality is a topic worth pondering.

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        Matthew Scherer 

        5 months ago from Corpus Christi

        Beautiful poem, Chris, makes me ponder mortality.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Genna, thanks for your comment. You stated it well that many of the galaxies and stars we see no longer exist. Soon, we will be seeing the oldest galaxies that developed after the big bang. We will see them as they were, not as they are if they even still exist. We will look back in time. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Genna East 

        5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What I love about your writing is that you inspire us to think, to ponder from different perspectives. What better canvass for a true poet than the universe? We've been gazing up and into this giant unknown for centuries, as we search for life, for the meaning in beginnings and endings, for the origins of humanity and beyond. Your photo is one of my favorites from the Hubble Telescope -- each dot, a galaxy. Considering the time it takes for light to reach us from a certain source, by the time we see it, the actual source may no longer exist. Well done, Chris. And I loved the Beatles analogy.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Dora, thank you. I'm glad you feel...all three ways... about the poem.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Paula, you handled that well. I'll just stay out of it.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Elijah...What Paula said.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 months ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful! Philosophical! Thought-provoking! I like it.

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        Paula 

        5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Elijah......Although I don't actually know you well, I'll safely assume that you mean well when you come forward to leave a comment for me.

        All due respect, Sir, rest assured you and I appear to be on 2 completely different wave lengths, with regard to my comment to my friend, Chris. He and I have exchanged numerous thoughts on several subject matters. We have a fairly good grasp on the meanings to most comments we exchange.

        By what I glean from your cluster of statements to me, you have mistakenly translated their meaning.

        Just to put your mind at rest, if I may.....I have lived on this earth for 7 decades, which, for all my thousands of experiences & searches for knowledge, feels to have encompassed multiple lifetimes. My keen abilities to discern right from wrong, evil from goodness is my strongest trait.

        My "gut" is continually alert, aware and on overdrive. I feel blessed to have gained the wealth of wisdom I possess and utilize within my life at all times.If you've read any of my work, you would know this undoubtedly.

        Finally, I thank you for your thoughts. And one more thing.....I am most pleased you have replaced your profile picture. The "shirtless" image did you no justice. Have a peaceful day, Elijah.

        A Fellow-Writer, Paula

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        5 months ago from Washington, DC USA

        Paula, to whom is something right and to who is something wrong when one do or refuses to do something? Do you believe it's right or wrong because someone told you it was or do you feel you should or shouldn't because of your "gut feeling" tells you that? If you were taught it is right or wrong but have never experienced it to determine that its is either how do you know that it is or isn't? Isn't experience the only teacher and is it right or wrong to know when something should or shouldn't be done?

        Why do you suppose man were told not to eat "the knowledge of good and evil"? Isn't it possible the different circumstances should dictate to or not to do something? Then, without YOU experimenting with it enough to know under what circumstances something should or shouldn't be done will you know there are sometimes it's right and other times it's wrong or is at all times one or the other? The reason not to eat "the knowledge of good and evil" is because it means it is for you to determine when to and not to do or abstain. Your "gut feeling" is what is called god and, if you always obey it you would see without doing it when it shouldn't be or should be done, but because man "are told by other man" god is in some heaven in the sky it keeps you listening outside of you for this god when your own "gut feeling" is your god.

        Think on that for a while and see if I'm correct.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Paula, Even Christopher Hitchens used to say that the yearning for transcendence, the afterlife, and even for God is hardwired into the human mind. That's pretty good for an atheist.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        manatita, thanks again for the card. And thank you for your encouraging words wrapped in teasing.

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        Paula 

        5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Chris......It's your question & you're free to explore until it makes sense to your wonderful brain. This makes it all "right," ~never wrong. ,,,,,and right now, is all any of us have for certain......stay with your search. Peace, P

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Paula, good, you found the heart of my dilemma. I appreciate your insight. This is a question I will certainly explore for the present and near future. Greater minds than mine have attempted the same thing. But I won't accept what does not make sense to this brain. Maybe that is all wrong, but right now, that is my primary criterion.

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        Paula 

        5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Chris......My, my but you are a multi-talented gentleman! Poetry too? And quite fascinating poetry, as well.

        I'm taken by the serious depth of your thoughts.....and love that you included the Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun."...brings back pleasant memories. Although I enjoyed the fabulous 4, I only ever had but one of their albums~~"Rubber Soul." I Played that 33 until it wore itself down to non-existent..

        So, my friend, my favorite verse? "Will the morning come for each of us, a fresh start, another chance? I don't know."

        Wow, just Wow...............Peace, Paula

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        (Correct spelling now) Chuckle … chuckle. "Hesitancy, oh hesitancy … you dye my Heart with wounds, not beauty."

        Just that it is so real, although I'm actually teasing. So don't take it to heart. At least I left out the word 'blood.' Ha ha.

        I meant your email and if I have it, then you should have received a Mother's Day card.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        My email, for you and anyone else who wishes to contact me, is chrs.mlls@gmail.com. Notice the absence of any vowels in the name. Why did I make my email this way? I have no idea. Apparently, it seemed cool at the time. Now, it seems needlessly confusing.

        manatita, I have no gurus, no mentors, no guides. I just have my brain and my soul. Yes, you do serve the role of mentor and guide. So I take back part of my statement. You patiently and lovingly share your wisdom. Thank you.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Shauna, I see your meaning. I appreciate you thinking so deeply with me. These things deserve, even require deep thought, not passive adherence to old answers that don't satisfy.

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        Chucke … chuckle. "Hesitancy, oh hesitancy … you die my Heart with wounds, not beauty."

        Just that it is so real, although I'm actually teasing. So don't take it to heart. At least I left out the word 'blood.' Ha ha.

        I meant your email and if I have it, then you should have received a Mother's Day card.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 months ago from Central Florida

        Chris, this is pretty deep, but thought-provoking at the same time. The hot topic of late is what has happened to the earth and Man's morals? No one seems to have an answer. But I see it in the last stanza of your poem. Rather than it ask a question, I see it offering the answer:

        New hearts begin to beat

        to a different, yet familiar drum

        the one the old souls once knew

        and bring back to life with each rising sun.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        I stepped into the pool once. The instructor failed to teach me how to swim. How could he? There was no water in the pool. So I am hesitant. I like your answers, but the questions are so demanding. No, I do not believe you have my address. I rarely use my physical address since I am on the road constantly. My son does forward things to me on occasion or I pick it up when I happen to stop by the house.

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        You give me joy bro. I'm chuckling and laughing at your expense. Pretty bad of me. Ha ha.

        Actually, I sent out some Mothering Sunday Cards. I don't remember you. Do I have your address? Happy Mothers Day!

        Now scientists aren't fully wrong. The physicist says that matter is energy. We call it Consciousness in Yoga and Spirit in Christianity. Consciousness is always present, ever-wise, knowable and all powerful; constantly transcending Itself. So we are made in its image.

        You will realise that scriptures are steeped in the mystical. That is where science falls short. If I tell you that a mango is yellow when ripe, has a seed and sweet flesh, this means very little until you taste it. So once I cut it and give you a slice which you taste yourself, then you will really make the mango your own. The mystical life is like that and totally beyond the mind. So you need to find a way into the mystical Heart and beyond the mind.

        The funny thing is that it is not so hard. Guruji says that if you wish to swim, the instructor will teach you. But when you get to the pool side, if you say that you are afraid of the water, then you will not swim. Actually, the only reason why you or anyone can't stop longing, is because we are actually Spirit, meaning God, meaning Freedom. Ha ha. I have confused you enough. Lots of Love.

      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        manatita, I am afraid I am on what will prove to be a very long road that began with the traditional Christian belief of streets of gold and city with walls made of precious stones. That became an immoral belief when I considered poverty in our world now.

        The next logical step is atheism or anti-theism, but I can't seem to take that step. I listen to men such as the late Christopher Hitchens and admire their thinking, but I can't quite go there.

        What is the next step? Has a god created an eternal cycle? Has evolution crossed over from the physical to the metaphysical so that there is a soul, but no god? What is the afterlife like?

        And the universe is expanding. Scientists make a point of emphasizing that it is the universe itself that is expanding. What is that place beyond that the universe is expanding into? Is that where god lives.

        Yes, lots of questions and very few answers. Thank you for being able to see where I am. Pralaya, yes, I think I can grasp that. Roots sprouting up? I suppose that is my next challenge.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Pamela, John was the deep thinker of the group, at least that's how I see them. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece.

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        A Beautiful Piece!

        You keep asking those questions. Man has not stop from time immemorial, neither has God-souls stopped coming. It is a most beautiful dream!

        You poem expresses the Pralaya (Dissolution) exquisitely. It just needs to show that when the seed dies, another root sprouts up. A great piece!

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Jamie, this poem came to me when I was listening to the Beatles. I'm glad you like it.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        The link to the Beatles adds interest to your poetry. I enjoyed your poem, and you are right as everything does have an end.

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        Jamie Lee Hamann 

        5 months ago from Reno NV

        My kind of poetry Chris classic rock and science! Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Liz, I just noticed you were the first to comment and I didn't respond. So sorry. I am pleased that you enjoyed the poem.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Elijah, I'm glad to hear that my musings on the subject came through. And I appreciate you sharing your insights as well.

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        5 months ago from Washington DC

        Chris, many religions' theory is there's no end to the universe that I rather call zeroverse because all numbers are fractions of the zero. They seem to suggest there's only an unrecognizable ashes state and a recognizable Phoenix state. They also suggest there is the soul part of us I call life-force that follow that pattern of manifesting as the various entities of existence and the zeroverse before discarnating to begin the sojourn again. So everything ends its manifestation only to begin again and is why it is written "there is nothing ew under the sun."

        An interesting read watching you present a philosophy's thoughts in the creative way of a poet. I appreciate the thoughts and your sharing it.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Thank you Ruby. This poem was inspired by the Beatles cover of the song, "Setting Sun" by the Chemical Brothers. But I wanted to focus on the rising sun. Thanks for visiting.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        5 months ago from Southern Illinois

        Your poetry is refreshing and makes one think of the past and the future. The last stanza tugged at my heartstrings, also John, George, Paul and Ringo leaving us one by one made ' me ' heart twinge. You should do more poetry. Books close, songs end, and hearts stop. Only a poet would write in this fashion....

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        Chris Mills 

        5 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        Thanks, John. I keep trying with the poetry think, but it certainly is not my focus as a writer. Can I clarify the cosmology on some point? In the last five months I've written a couple of articles on the James Webb space telescope and the expanding universe. Thanks for visiting.

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        John Welford 

        5 months ago from Barlestone, Leicestershire

        This works as a poem - unlike some by certain other writers on HubPages! I'm not so sure about the cosmology, though!

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 months ago from UK

        This is a well-written and interesting poem. I like the Beatles link.

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