The restless heart

Let’s face it
       the universe is about travel
matter and energy
       that simply cannot
stay still under
       any circumstances

Stillness is an illusion –
       all things are in constant motion
the atomic and subatomic structure
       of stone proves this
as though proof were needed
       Nuclear fission is based
on these principles
       and the power it generates
in some modest way mimics
       the Big Bang of our origin

And so the nuclear sparrow
       perches on the garden fence
and through its open throat
       one of the many songs
of the universe
       emerges to reassure us
to help us cope with the silence
       and dark nights of the soul
and thus our thoughts turn
       constantly to love
and to all the affairs
       of the restless heart

John Lyons


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