The Universe Is Made of Stories

"The universe is made of stories
not of atoms" says Muriel Rukeyser
but each atom has a story to tell—

Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen
combined to form amino acids,
building blocks of life whose stories

are still ongoing ever evolving
from the DNA double helix
spiralling back to the first Adam.

Can you hear the rhyme and rhythm
of the Moon's double sonnet poem
waxing and waning with the tides?

The Earth has an anthology with
scintillating short stories each told
by those who lived here, and our Sun's

epic is bolder than The Odyssey
travelling around the Milky Way
spanning 225 million years

and your hair will stand on end when
Sun recounts the marauding black hole
swallowing up neighboring galaxies.

Ask a Tibetan monk whose mind
has propelled him back to the womb
and beyond to his previous life

or a Hua-Yen Buddhist who has seen
tiers and tiers of universes in their
recurring cycles of birth and death

or some cosmic programmer who wrote
this universe as a computer simulation
that's played out as in The Matrix films.

This universe has sextillion stories
but there is one song yet to be sung—
and that singer is you!

        — Peter Y. Chou
             Mountain View, 12-10-2010

  © Stephen Gould: "Muriel Rukeyser Plaque",
Library Walk, New York Public Library