A meditation on number

A meditation on number

Isn’t it hard to imagine
a universe with less stars

say a few thousand at most
and less planets and moons

in an outer space more akin
to our own intimate world

a cosmos of homely proportions
one we can get our head around

and yet as I look across the fields
I see birds coming and going

in their hundreds flitting
from tree to tree or cackling ducks

following the path of the winding river
swarms of swallows weaving through

the summer air feeding on a froth
of all but invisible aphids

and in all things there is the plethora
of plenty and only I am alone

John Lyons

Cosmic moon

Cosmic moon

In the still night
           a bright moon seen
from my window on the world
           full almost
but shrouded in mist
           and I think
what silence
           before the stars were born
what emptiness
           before the appearance of space
what an eternity
           before the first pulse of time
a lightless lovelessness
           beyond comprehension
without word or tongue
           or creed or earthly ambition
pure nothingness
           no birth
no exhumation
           no mortal lullabies of pain
no narrowing lust for gold
           no blissful palpitations
in the blood
           no dust unto a dust
to return
           no breathing grace
no thing
           no no

John Lyons

Lovedust

Lovedust

Molecules of dust
         tiny floating particles
specs of nanodust organized
         and clustered
in ever greater complexes
         sidereal dust driven
on boundless waves of energy
         through an apparent
cosmic emptiness
         stardust that next appears
in the full-throated song of the robin
         and the nightingale
in all that flowers in woodlands
         and in our gardens
the dust of stars
         transformed into words
on the page
         and in our ear
that is present
         in every gesture
in every rhythm
         the entire universe
an expression of itself
         call it purpose
call it direction
         call it lovedust

John Lyons