by Gary Hardaway

The operations of the universe
will kill us-- one by one,
in the most common scenario;

in clusters, often;
or all at once
as it has proved it can

whenever possibilities align
in catastrophic ways.
Most know this in a way

that's kept apart
from the marrow and intestines
in the languages the skull contains.

It is our gift-- the knowing
without knowing--
that allows us transport,

ears and eyes augmented,
through the dangerous
seas of stars.