“Nothing’ is the force / That renovates the World”    –Emily Dickinson, by homely gift and hindered Words


I said about nothing


only that They guess it’s dark

because light is something


They say most of everything is dark

a push pull dark –

dark speeding up

dark slowing down

currently dark energy equals

seventy percent of everything and it’s gaining


dark matter still has twenty-five

so five percent is the what else we love or not

jusst five the something:  the light, the obdurate rock, the soft skin, all

the matter that is        the famous form of energy.


But only for now

I was right about that

Renovation isn’t balanced or for the moment on a rhyming grid

one nothing swells as the other nothing shrinks


All nothing actions are

nothing in the brain –the state some seek–  a pheromone of fear

or a burst of synaptic joy


We get it really!

Who do you think you are to

know nothing?

to fear nothing

is all there is


To say

there is nothing

to be afraid of


Written after attending the William Bronk Symposium (sponsored by Talisman House and Columbia University, April 13-14, 2012, organized by Burt Kimmelman.

Note on the photograph: it is NGC 6369: The Little Ghost Nebula.  Credit: Hubble Heritage TeamNASA.  From (Astronomy photo of the day) – free daily photos. This one, cataloged as NGC 6369, was discovered by Basil’s namesake, the 18th century astronomer William Herschel.  (Yes, his full name is Basil Herschel King.) This nebula in the constellation Ophiucus is relatively faint and has acquired the popular nickname Little Ghost Nebula. Planetary nebulae like this one are, in general, created at the end of a sun-like star’s life as its outer layers expand into space while the star’s core shrinks to become a white dwarf. The white dwarf star, seen near the center of this image, radiates strongly at ultraviolet wavelengths and powers the expanding nebula’s glow. The nebula’s main ring structure is about a light-year across and the glow from ionized oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen atoms are colored blue, green, and red respectively. Over 2,000 light-years away, the Little Ghost Nebula offers a glimpse of the fate of our Sun, which could produce its own planetary nebula about 5 billion years from now.