Albert     did you really say

science without religion is lame

 

Did you repose under constellations

hour-less nights     no calculations     no formulas

knowing infinity lives in cosmic sparkle     hoping

to stir eons of wonderment

 

When in deep contemplation     did a welling-up

ferry you into timeless paradise     priests call heaven

 

I ask you if this sacramental suspension

could be a black hole     final grave     consuming us

 

Tonight      blackness swallows me

 

Imbibed by inky abyss     turned inside out

reshaped     silent

 

I wonder of my finality    earth’s extinction

the fate of pondering

 

When you reveled under constellations

hour-less nights     did you implore God

that this luxury      not be something

time forced you leave behind

 

Did you write a verse     incant an intercession

invite tempus fugit back     over and over?

 

 

Conversation with Albert Einstein

 

Marianne Lyon

Marianne has been a music teacher for 43 years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews including Ravens Perch, TWJM Magazine, Earth Daughters and Indiana Voice Journal. She was nominated for the Pushcart prize in 2017. She is a member of the California Writers Club and an Adjunct Professor at Touro University in California.

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