News of the Universe

News of the Universe May 4, 2015


We live in a global culture addicted to the noise of how things fall apart. Yet all the while, things are quietly coming together as well. It’s not about good news or bad news, but having access to whole news. This poem explores what’s below the noise.


The thousand alarms we hear each day are

only half the news. There’s no avoiding this

but it’s the other half we need. Today—light

from a star that died 30,000 years ago arrived

so softly, it brought a child out of hiding. Today—

the song from the beginning rimmed the ear of

a broken man in time to loosen his hand on

the trigger. Today—a mountain in India held

its face to the sun despite all that it’s seen and

the expedition so furious to climb to the top

forgot why. Today—someone with nothing helped

someone with everything off their knees. Today—

the best of us cracked its seed way under ground,

under all the trouble, under all the things falling

apart. Today—all the tears in the world watered

that seed. Today—the breath of the Universe

arrived as wind to awaken the Earth,

making everything possible, again.

A Question to Walk With: Report on the news of wholeness happening around you. Tell the story of something coming together to a loved one or a friend.

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