The Bird's Eye View

Watch this space:
an indefinite particle
packed as a can of anthrax.

Scrunched up,
there's something godless
in its unpopped pod.

Lies in its membrane,
awaiting infinity.

Which will arrive with Stealth,
an amputated clap,
and the stepmother of echoes.

Blake's universe in a grain of sand:
in the eye of the Tigris.


[February 1998],

From the book Labour Pangs

Stephen Hawking has deduced that the universe was the size of a pea before the Big Bang, since when it will expand indefinitely.