Screensaver – a poem by John Short

I have a screensaver
of the earth revolving in space,
a fragile ozone halo
our only protection but
some really think there’s a god
out there looking down.
Now if that space is infinite
and he made it,
that places him beyond infinity.
How long did it take to create time?
Doesn’t bear thinking about,
my dad says, drinking his decaf

as we sit on this tiny degenerate
rock, in need of salvation.

John Short has a degree in comparative religion from Leeds University and a diploma in creative writing from Liverpool University. He’s published a pamphlet Unknown Territory (Black Light Engine Room) and a full collection Those Ghosts (Beaten Track Publishing) and blogs sporadically at Tsarkoverse.

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