6033: On bombs, philosophy, and dark matter

there is more room
in space
for dark matter
than we calculated

still, we cling to the dirt
of a tilted planet
in a lopsided universe

and wonder how
we skew so easily dark

the answer
is not in philosophy
or theology

but in physics,
coded in the dust
of stars

no brighter than
motes dancing in
or broken on pavement

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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50 Responses to 6033: On bombs, philosophy, and dark matter

  1. hits the heart of it Susan…that dark matter is everywhere…and is not darker just for being nearer…

    (motes dancing in /!/ of sunlight?)

  2. anonymousmisanthrope says:


  3. BroadBlogs says:

    When star matter and dark matter meet. Thoughtful, Susan. Thanks.

  4. couldn’t agree more.

  5. That dark matter, broken on pavement is a very striking image Susan ~ My heart goes out to all those who were affected by this senseless act ~

  6. Great poetry and brilliant turn at the end to current events.

  7. Tony Maude says:

    It’s not the darkness beyond us that I worry about; it’s the darkness that’s within us that is the problem.

  8. coreenamcburnie says:

    So good. You really capture this in a relatively short poem.

  9. Stars and dark matter…yes, we are that. Nicely captured as always x

  10. You hit me in my sweet spots.

  11. janehewey says:

    nice! I love your opening… brilliantly tied to your ending …motes dancing. I like your connection w physics much.

    • Jane, thank you! Was listening to NOR on the way home this morning, and a story came on about the shape of the universe, etc., and this thought popped into my head.

  12. yeoldefoole says:

    makes me think of Solzhenitsyn – excellent!

    • scotthastiepoet says:

      I like the depth of thought in this Susan – great writing and speaks profoundly to the moment.

    • Oh, wow–thanks. Had to look him up and found this:

      “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
      ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

  13. kelly says:

    This encapsulates all the feelings whirling in my mind. Peace to us all.

  14. Excellent poem… you sum the feelings up so succinctly!

  15. Beth Winter says:

    I’m still trying to process what I know and don’t know, how I feel and wonder why numbness won’t go away. This is beautifully written.

  16. Ray Sharp says:

    this may be one of your best, which says a lot

  17. Akila says:

    very profound!

  18. festivalking says:

    Strong words Susan… Thanks for such

  19. nico says:

    Well done! This is a lopsided universe, but I still hope that there is more to it than physics. At any rate, if philosophy and theology do not have the answers, maybe poetry does!

  20. nelle says:

    Perhaps there is no such thing in physics as ‘nothing’.

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