9,654,326,120,000 years or thereabouts,
the rishis say, trace the arc of planetary ego.
TIME magazine called these “reassuring statistics.”
Divine and pathetic, we are like sparks unaware
of the fire they’re a part of.
Here we go again, piloting the aircraft while our
know-how extends no further than a corner
of the dashboard!
Please, ye arbitors of public opinion, expound
again upon these reassuring statistics from
your tobacco-spitting position in the cosmic dugout–
No, hold that thought, for honestly, we haven’t the time.
At 27 years my personal Kali Yuga is complete.
Sextillions of years have dissolved into a moment
of the soul, yours and mine.
Mankind, rest assured!