#NaPoWriMo 13 / #100poeticanswers 31 What Will Happen When The Sun Burns Out?

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April 13, 2017 by Sez

Another solar concern. I can remember brooding over this problem at the age of about 9, and apparently kids are still worrying about it. I say worrying: I think there’s an element of morbidly scaring yourself for fun. 

Before it burns its last, the sun will grow

Becoming a red giant. It will swell

Like a great mushroom. And it will consume

Mercury, and Venus, and then Earth.

We won’t be there. Perhaps we will have gone

Out into space and colonized the stars

And we will watch through telescopes and see

The last days of our old ancestral home.

Or maybe, we will still be there on Earth

Watching the red sun swallow up the sky

Blaming the gods, each other and ourselves

Until, at last, we don’t blame anyone.

Or maybe there will be no one to see

The sun as it expands, then shrinks, then dies.

Perhaps the darkness that it leaves behind

Will blend, unseen, with all the other dark.

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