To the Light, Darkly
News that Bill Gates is no longer
the world's richest man shook me.
I was moved to contemplate
man's place in the universe.
Our tiny mortal minds are hard-
wired for linear time.
Time exists only relative
to constant speed of light.
Mind is a sense.
Like sight, taste, hearing,
smell, and touch.
No more, no less.
Because I think I am?
God doesn't meddle in men's affairs.
Minor personal miracles occur:
Deeds of dangling spirits of dead.
In time we die.
Like my neighbor down the hall,
Mrs. Scirghio, said after her husband
died choking on a chicken bone:
"When ya numbuz up, ya numbuz up."
Eternity is a conceit.
Absence of time
is not eternity.
Every breath is.