[CONTEST POEM #9]
for Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack
The Universe triumphantly made us:
For all we know, the only ones who know
What’s going on at large and can discuss
The implications of this cosmic show,
But still it seems the probability
That other creatures with intelligence
Have somewhere else emerged in this wide sea
Of lustrous galaxies must be immense.
Life and intelligence are implicate
Within the matrix of the Cosmos’ womb,
And thus Creation has the mother wit
To keep its far-flung progeny from doom.
Yet if we are a singularity,
How awesome's our responsibility.