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Long Live the Universe, A Poem

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

Mostly Galaxies, Not Stars

The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun

Long Live the Universe

The sun does not linger all evening

But sinks beneath the horizon,


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


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?


© 2019 Chris Mills


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on April 10, 2020:

Brenda, Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 09, 2020:


I love this one.

I shared it here.


Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on November 23, 2019:

Well, Chris, in 1976 I took a endless Sabbath, by following the teaching of Jesus to see what it revealed, from the world's standard of living that gave me nothing but time to ponder and that was the short of my findings. My thoughts are, if one believe what someone say or is curious about their truths the only thing to do is follow their instructions. I did and never turned back, I really enjoy the liberty it affords me. So I suggest you follow your own inner guide or heart concerning you not making commitments and reman accept accepting the consequences of your choice.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on November 22, 2019:

Elijah, Thank you for sharing these lessons you have learned. They tickle my interest, but I still am lacking any evidence of truth.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on November 22, 2019:

Audrey, thank you. Music does motivate me, although I am not in the least musical.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on November 22, 2019:

Chris, Very though provoking and something I've pondered since childhood and the following is the answer that has satisfied my thirst.

When I look at eternity like days, seasons and years I don't see only cycles. When I look at man I see the same that during our earthly sojourn we incarnate and discarnate to experience every possible human experience and after that we move into another realm of existence going through endless "new births", like tadpoles to frogs, as we change from what we were to a different something for learning something new and finally we return to another earth-like existence for another bout of learning, first, the composition of matter, then life and again through the vastness of existence. So I don't see our work as EVER BEING DONE.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 21, 2019:

Magnificent! Clearly, music inspires you to create artistry with words. "Here Comes the Sun" is a favorite of mine.

Thank you, Chris!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 22, 2019:

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

Matthew Scherer from Corpus Christi on May 22, 2019:

Beautiful poem, Chris, makes me ponder mortality.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 18, 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.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 18, 2019:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 16, 2019:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 16, 2019:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 16, 2019:

Elijah...What Paula said.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 16, 2019:

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

Suzie from Carson City on May 15, 2019:

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

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on May 15, 2019:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 14, 2019:

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

Suzie from Carson City on May 13, 2019:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 13, 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.

Suzie from Carson City on May 13, 2019:

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

manatita44 from london on May 13, 2019:

(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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 13, 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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 13, 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.

manatita44 from london on May 13, 2019:

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.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 13, 2019:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 12, 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.

manatita44 from london on May 12, 2019:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 12, 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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 12, 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.

manatita44 from london on May 12, 2019:

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!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 12, 2019:

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

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2019:

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

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on May 11, 2019:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 11, 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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 11, 2019:

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

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 11, 2019:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 11, 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.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 11, 2019:

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....

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 11, 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.

John Welford from Barlestone, Leicestershire on May 11, 2019:

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

Liz Westwood from UK on May 11, 2019:

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

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