IF ONLY

The greatest thought
In the universe
Flashed once in a lonely mind
That never knew its worth.
The lips that might have spoken it
Were silent.
For the lonely mind
Had convinced itself
That nothing it thought was important
That no one would want to hear.

The greatest thought
In the universe
Once formed, was soon forgot;
But its light continued on
Beyond the lonely mind
And loud, uncaring world.

In all its significant insignificance,
It faced the court of the numberless stars
In their eternal session.
And when the gavel finally clacked,
On the surface of space and time,
A lonely scientist
Working too late on a Friday night
Discovered a fiery faraway sun
That was never seen before.

No one ever understood
– not even that scientist -Why she called that star
By the strange little name
“IF ONLY”


© Samuel Birrer and Serendipity, 2016.

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