Forming the Universe – a poem by Mary Ellen Shaughan

Forming the Universe
I am reading about astro-physics and 
listening to books on astro-physics.
I am intrigued; I want to know more.
I stumble over words like 
quark, lepton and boson, 
but the image I get is that 
of a tight-fisted god who, 
more than a kajillion years ago, 
opened one fist, then another, 
much as a farmer might cast seeds,
though in this case particles of matter
were flung out, spewing forth, 
and in the process separating
at the yet incomprehensible speed of light, 
filling the vast empty spaces with stardust,
stardust that became, among other things,
you and me.


Mary Ellen Shaughan lives in Western Massachusetts with her beagle, Zeke, who sleeps through the printing of dozens of poems and short stories. Her first collection of poetry, Home Grown, is available on Amazon. 

Greet the Day – a poem by Emily Strauss

Greet the Day

Greet the sun


face the sun
as it tops the ridge
speak to it


say its name
invoke its light
its power
the rays pouring
on your bare head


make a chant
a song
bring in the day
the long dawn
turning brighter
over sand or snow


over a still lake
saguaro-filled arroyo
down to the salt flats
rounded alfalfa fields
sleeping ranches


praise the silent forms
cattle, coyote, deer
brother, sister, setting moon
greet the day


Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 500 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Best of the Net and twice a Pushcart nominee. She is interested in the American West and the narratives of people and places around her. She is a retired teacher living in Oregon.