for Stephen Hawking
Once before a time—before events
Transpired, a Singularity occurred:
From out of seeming nowhere an immense
Explosion came that some have named “The Word,”
And thus the Universe began to be,
Which ever since expanded and refined,
Producing a complex reality
Whose apogee may be the human mind.
In us the universe gains consciousness,
Until now just oblivious and mute,
And we may gain the power to access
The means by which to grow yet more astute—
When possibly we’ll meet that awesome Mind
By which this whole shebang has been designed.