Posted: Aug 17, 2013 11:17 am
by kennyc

How Many?

As far as our meager human senses
can see, hear and sense the universe
may as well be infinite

Even with our best instruments
with our brightest minds
we can only know parts of it

We look back eleven billion years
and see the beginnings of galaxies

We scan the skies and record the
cold, cold, cosmic background radiation

Our best calculations tell us the universe
is thirteen point eight billion years old

That is the limit of our seeing, yet the universe
is wider, further, deeper than we can know

We have existed as sentient beings on this Earth
for only a few thousand of those billions of years

We scan the sky,
we broadcast our signals
We listen, but all is quiet

How many galactic civilizations
have lived and died screaming out
into the inky black silence of space?

Kenny A. Chaffin – 8/16/2013