Models of the Universe
Author: Mary Swenson

At moment X
The universe began
It began at point X
Since then,
Through the Hole in a Nozzle
Stars have spewed. An
Inexhaustible gush
Populates the void forever

The universe was there
Before time ran
A grain
Slipped in the glass:
The past began
The container
Of the stars expands;
The sand
Of matter multiplies forever

From zero radius
To a certain span
The universe, a Large Lung
Specked with stars
Inhales time
Until, turgent, it can
Hold no more
And collapses. Then
Space breathes, and inhales again
And breathes again: Forever.

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