I’m looking at photos of a black hole
on my screen – vivid flaming orange-red
disappearing into black. Black holes
In my mind, Notre-Dame de Paris –
spectacular blaze, flame becoming the char
of centuries. Great oaken ceiling boards
gone; not a forest left in France
to replace such lumber.
What’s the purpose of black holes?
Among internet theories: the entire universe
is a puzzle for physicists to solve.
Do I believe in serendipity
Black holes on my screen – could they suck
laptop and me into themselves?
Today’s TV news report suggests
Notre-Dame was ignited by computer glitch.
Have we created a black hole of circuitry,
gravity of ones and zeroes?
Could our own creation – progress –
swallow centuries of civilization, monument
I turn off my computer
and walk out under the night sky,
and I am lost.