The stars creep forward as they shrink—

observers down on Earth left in the dark,

the last to learn the universe had cooled

and Ptolemy and Aristotle been correct.


The window fills with them, all twinkling

with merriment. The diminution of these

rooms and selves continues to invisibly

forebode a Bullen iron-nickel singularity.

Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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