How Thin Of An Apple

how thick is the crust of the Earth?
how thin of an apple is red?
it’s surprising to find
such simple questions behind
the cobwebs that clutter my head

how many heartbeats since my birth?
how many more breaths ’til I’m dead?
and just how many times
will I close both of my eyes
rejecting such questions of dread?

Written: December 20, 2016
Dedicated to Carl Sagan, who died on this day in 1996.



when time is far gone
will the cold world know itself?
will any thing know?

an infinity
we’re lost in space in hidden
tucked away by time

nothing* is simple
there is something suspicious
about any thing

did nothing get bored
and decide to do something
if not for nothing?

Written: 2014
*Here, the word “nothing” refers to the absence of spacetime, energy & matter.
Keeping that in mind, the phrase “nothing is simple” takes an alternate meaning.
Why is there something rather than nothing?