We Are All Made of Stars

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

Of their


Gravitational narcissism.




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.


The Fabric of Life (Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble, CC BY 3.0)


An audio version of this poem can be heard here.

2 thoughts on “We Are All Made of Stars”

  1. we are nothing more than dust but then why are we motivated to be concern with our survival. Seeing that we are hopefull to survive the things that brought us to wher we are now then God must be the motivating source of it all. How can we undo or prevent an event such as the birth and death of a star. There must be more to life than the science of it.


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