How different is
The universe we see now –
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
The Rejected Poems comprise of poems composed for poetry competitions, alone or as parts of collections, which I rejected for whatever reasons, and which I didn’t foresee being used for future competitions. Their publication on this blog ensures that since competition entries cannot have been published elsewhere, including online.
When you look up at the stars at night, every dot is a different point in time because of how long it took for the light to reach earth. For example, if you were looking at two stars, and one was 2,000 light years away, and the other was 110,000 light years away, the first star you’re looking at it as it was 2,000 years ago, while the second star, you’re seeing it as it was 110,000 years ago! You’re not seeing both stars as if they were at some common time, or “tonight” as a lot of people think of the stars as they gaze up each night. Now, even 110,000 years is not much in the life time of a star, so probably a decent chunk of the stars, galaxies, and such we can see still exist. However, there are also LOTS of stars, galaxies, and other objects so far beyond our solar system that they may no longer exist! We’re just seeing them from what they looked like billions of years ago, and that is enough time for them to have disappeared, or stopped radiating light. So what I was curious about was that. However, I found a better way to ask it with the poem I was composing, so this became a rejected poem.