13.8 billion years ago the universe EXPLODED into life
Cutting through space time like a celestial knife
Through butter and
Bringing with it every permutation
And combination of events that
Will ever occur.
The remnants of that blast
Forgot the heat of their ferocious past,
And the tiny particles came together
To form elements of hydrogen and helium.
With time these clouds of dust and gas
Built bonds that would last,
Coming together under gravity
To form stars which burnt with nuclear fire.
Their temperature got higher
And in the centre of these stars, in their very core
The hydrogen and helium fused together
To form new elements:
Lithium, beryllium, carbon.
As these heavier elements were created,
The stars became so massive that they eventually collapsed
Under the weight
RESULTING IN EXPLOSIONS OF SUPERNOVAE
These supernovae scattered the stars’ elements
across the Universe,
Where once more they came together under gravity to form new stars
And new planets.
So our Solar System, our Sun and our Earth are all made from
The fragments of some ancient stars.
We are all literally made from stardust.
So you see, when it comes down to it
We are not black, white, gay, straight, pan or mono gender;
There are no Jews, Muslims, Aesthesis, Christians or Jedis.
The beggar in the street that you walk by,
The refugee that you sneer at,
The children that you keep locked in your camps
Are ultimately the same as you.
The differences between us are as invisible as the barriers
That you point to on your map,
And as futile as the barricades that you erect to your capitalist gods
Of famine, war, pestilence and greed.
You see we are all made of stars.
And when we finally destroy this world that we have made,
You know, the one we could have saved,
Then we will explode in a cacophony of colours,
Genders, races, creeds and political opinions.
Our screams lost to the vast emptiness;
Floating into empty space, yet filling the
That have opened up between us.
And as we sail out into the cosmos,
We will join our hands together, united once more
As cosmic stardust that is free from cosmetic flaw.
An audio version of this poem can be heard here.