(for Kate G)

There is a space-time horizon

Over which we cannot peer

It is fear - this dead weight inside me

Which I carry around all day,

It often tries to kill me

And it won’t go away.


I send this freight’s immensity

To the centre of a black hole;

Retracing the wandering journey

Of my wandering soul.


Mine is a grave-singularity 

That contains a huge mass,

In an infinitely small space:

A density — gravity — immensity — interface

That wont let me pass.


Locked in this space-time,

I'm curving at the fault-line,

Where the laws of physics cease to be.

This is where time elongates me

And the dead images flee


Into a technological singularity 

an artificial ‘superintelligence’,

Neither random, nor designed,

Just a means to trigger my mind

Into the expansion, required in time


Poetry - results in this altered human state,

Discarding the terrifyingly malign

Re-ordering of fate

That always comes too late.


◄ Ordinary lives

Writ in water ►


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John Marks

Sat 24th Aug 2019 22:44

My pleasure Kate! J. Poetry can pre-empt, and, mixed with prescience, and a certain facility with words, elevate the many disturbances and inadequacies of life into joyous expression.

After 4 years fighting in the misery of the western front, Siegfried Sassoon, a Jewish-British officer wrote this:

Everyone Sang
Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on - on - and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

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Kate G

Sat 24th Aug 2019 22:22

John, I'm honoured. This is amazing, complex and colourful - like the universe and the souls of poets. A singularity I'd never before considered until right now. Thank you.

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