a worksong for the apocalypse. The Empty Plains. Carol Poster.

24 Nov

The Empty Plains

An event horizon
is the edge
of a black hole.

It doesn’t actually exist,
according to physicists,
except conceptually,
as a limit behind which
nothing happens,
or if anything does,
it doesn’t matter,
for no information
escapes it.

In America,
I used to think
it was near Nebraska,

but sandhill cranes
fly thousands of miles
to return to the Platte River Valley
every summer.
So it’s not there.

Perhaps it’s in Iowa, or Kansas,
or even South Dakota instead.

I suspect I’ve driven through it sometime
but I don’t remember it.



Carol Poster




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