There are ripples in space
time, gravitational waves, too small
too see. We have seen them. Now,
much larger, inflated when the universe—
like a popcorn kernel—
first burst into existence.
Physicists, astronomers, atheists—
the religion of skeptics—are raising
their hands, sliding pens into pockets,
& taking bows. But so too
are the believers.
They are fitting this theory into their theory.
The universe, they say, must be subject
to cause & effect: no aftermath
comes without an agent:
of change, of beginnings,
of propulsion—of god.
This is the transactive theory of reading
the world, Holland says, & in this case
the universe is a poem.
Jesse DeLong teaches composition and poetry at Southern University. Previous work has appeared in the anthologies Best New Poets 2011 and Feast: poetry and recipes for a full seating at dinner as well as the journals Colorado Review, Mid American Review, Typo, Indiana Review and others.