the universe, being relatively small

Posted By Pamela on Jan 9, 2014 | 7 comments

I stumbled across a piece of beauty today…

the universe, being relatively small,
can’t seem to contain all my ideas,

often, I think it’s far too small to fit both of us

what we need is a multiverse
full of quantum possibility

and unloaded dice
with infinite sides
ready to be rolled

what we need is myriad universei ready to grow
or shrink to fill the needs of the people
(no matter how small and petty they are)

i like you quite a bit,
so maybe we can have abutting universes
with similar laws
of gravity.

I’d like to be close enough to drop by
for cribbage and tea
but far enough to keep the boundaries straight

work with me here,
it’s not easy being God.

Stephan Anstey

I have always been fascinated by the idea of multiverses. So many scientists invoke them as a way to explain how we live in such a fine tuned universe; sometimes invoking them as an argument for atheism. I adore the imagery of this work where our universe is just the sandbox of a single God reaching out to another and saying “I like you.”

It is a poem. It is its own truth that may be offensive to all but still beautiful at the same time.

I hope, no matter how else you may respond to this piece, that it makes you think about the universe for just a moment.

[image credit: BellaCielo]


  1. Once long ago I computed the size of a collection of all possible punched cards — that’d be 2 to the power 960 cards and found that the estimated size of the universe (in 1962) was much smaller than the card collection — something like a golf ball compared to the size of the Sun. More recently (in 2013) I computed the size of the collection of all possible 36 megapixel digital photos, using very high density SD cards to house them. In this case, the Universe is disappearingly small when compared to the space needed to hold such a digital picture collection. The former collection was interesting because it contained all possible (software) programs … the latter collection is interesting as it contains a movie of the life of every person that has ever lived — from any desired camera angle — but, thankfully, not those moments when there was no light.

  2. David Stahl, the universe doesn’t seem capable of containing your ideas either.

  3. This piece is in harmony with my personal wish for a balanced mindset between science, art and spirituality.
    I dislike narrow-mindedness in any of these venues, but what a beautiful thing when brains, hearts and souls team up to build a personality!

  4. That is quite beautiful whilst being very simple. It conjures an image of God allowing everyone enough information to all to come up with their own ideas on what the universe means to them. I find the universe breathtaking in its elegance, supreme in its simplicity, yet unfathomable in the diversity of ‘life’ which has arisen within it. ‘We’ have become smart enough to question the existence of Grand design, yet don’t seem wise enough to accept that there is intelligence and power beyond ourselves.
    The ‘smart’ people that may be offended by this, are just like the religious people who become offended by scientific discoveries and advancement.

  5. This brings to mind R. Buckminster Fuller’s “Universe;” the word “universe” capitalized because it not only contains all physical reality, but every thought, experience, and possibility – the totality of everything that exists, that ever existed, and ever could exist.

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