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“Without monsters and gods, art cannot enact a drama.” –Mark Rothko

Without monsters and gods

Artist's conception of a supermassive black hole.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

the cosmic egg
never gets coiled up
and strangled
into bits
by a snake

to make an earth

much less
sky and ocean

and Cronus
eats gruel

and stars
never grow
or succumb

instead
the monotony
of the small
and insignificant
blankets

nothing pulled
or devoured

no drama

to move us.