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By

Chad Lilly

Iíve been around 

for thousands of years,

seen centuries turn

like pages in a book

not worth reading,

Iíve seen The End

come over and over again,

seen stars explode

and solar systems

fold into themselves

--- collapsing

through the blanket 

of dark matter that is space;

leaving a hole

black and void of light . . .

a hole torn into 

the very fabric of creation . . .

a hole leading 

into a world of uncreated night

on the other side of, 

or behind, our own.

Iíve witnessed the birth

of original ideas.

Watched the universe

expand and contract,

sway in cycles, seasons,

and motions heavenly aligned.

Iíve watched Jupiter rise

in the skyline of Mars,

with the sun setting in my east

and the green-blue hue of earth

shining beautiful in the early night.

Iíve seen continents sink and rise,

mountains move, oceans dried 

to bottomless basins in one day,

Iíve seen entire species 

become extinct --- swallowed

in one blinding instant of light,

Iíve seen them die slower

one at a time.

Iíve witnessed giants on the earth 

and angels integrating themselves

with animals on the plains,

with birds of the air,

with the daughters of men.

Iíve watched the ages pass

and with them generations 

cast away like trash discarded 

into the waste basket of time.

Iíve been around 

for thousands of years.

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