We have surpassed a milestone that is unfathomable.
By The Number
By the time you read this the shimmer and shake of ancient light from the Fornax Dwarf Galaxy will have shimmied its ways across almost 500,000 light years, a squiggle unseen that echoed the first doodle a bored Homo Erectus (name and occupation unknown) etched on a shell at around the same time 500,000 years ago. That would place archaic him -- or archaic her, the doodling habits of Homo Erectus far beyond the knowledge of this poet-- squarely in the Pleistocene Epoch of the Quaternary Period of the Cenozoic Era, only slightly predating our current Holocene Epoch, where we have seen the invention of the wheel and fire and saddles and stirrups and aeroplanes and electric cars and the departure and arrival of lunar modules and the one-way journeys of Cassini and Voyagers the First and Second and Juno and New Horizons seeking same but this digression has zigged too far. 500,000 hours is about 57 years & 500,000 seconds is about 139 hours & 500,000 is the TV screen snow plastered graphic across the front page of the New York Times & 500K air miles is enough to brag about rewards in your wallet & $500,000 is a terrible NBA salary but suits the MLB, minimally and 500,000 is half a million and Half a Million is a song by The Shins and of that half a million things you’re supposed to be dead is not one of them.
©David Siller – 2021
For the first 100 days of the Biden administration, this website will feature a new poem of What’s Next!? These pieces can be calls to action, calls to attention, or calls to anger. They will light the way and guide the fight. They will get us moving and keep our momentum. They will be filled with hope, with anger, with sorrow. They will get us into good trouble and point out the trouble we need to stop. They will be polished gems, or rough-cut drafts of rage, or in-process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered.
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