"Rock falling from the sky"
retouched detail from Emblema XII of
Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens (1617)

Sculpting Uncarved Block

The Uncarved Block tumbled
out of nowhere— some say
dark matter, black hole,

white hole, worm hole—
doesn't matter, it's spinning
wildly around the fiery Sun

as all the heavenly
deities tried their hands
to tame this rugged rock.

Jupiter struck with thunderbolts
Saturn carved with his scythe
Mars slashed with his sword

Pluto dug caves with his mad dog
Venus caressed it with her kisses
Neptune filled the valleys with rain

Mercury waved his wingèd wand
and at last the rock was made smooth.
Urania played her lyre and all danced

to the music of the spheres
to celebrate the birth of this
planet which they called Earth.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 2-12-2010