on 4 July 1988
when measured by the eternity’s scale
the transience of the Universe without fail
million years of earth-time do sail
than a violent tropical gale.
ruins of Babylon and the pyramids of old avail
sense of vastness of eternity’s vale.
millennia of life on earth leave a dot-like detail
quickly vanishes without even a trail.
like ours run through life cycles on a grand scale
tulips that bloom, for which a billion light-years in
time may entail.
creations lie aeons of stillness without seasons that
bring rain or hail
remaining save the power that created the sunshine,
the sky and the nightingale