From Pride of Place:
You live and love, you die, you are forgotten, and every trace of you is erased. So it is eventually for all life and intelligence in the universe. Then is all value, significance, and meaning vanished from that dead universe of the far, far future.When I spoke of the far, far future, I was thinking of the scientific expectations for the future of the universe, which has implications for the end of all intelligent life in the universe. Considering only human life on earth, “I think deterrence, defense, and disarmament will ultimately fail, and human kind will be ended by nuclear war, [although] that is no excuse for failing to protect, for failing in nuclear wisdom, so far as we can reach into the future.”*
There is an excellent film called Melancholia (2011) that imagines another full stop for life on earth (and really in the universe, if you catch all the lines). I recommend it highly. Reactions to the story’s denouement will vary with personality. For some, including me, it gives perspective to how amazing and wonderful is what has happened here and is our moment.
Some more of my poetry is now available here and there.