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A sci-fi sonnet

The human was immortal; problem solved.
He siphoned power from a black hole rim.
Gazillions of years lay ahead of him.
He’d need them as the Universe devolved.
He’d need to leave, before it got too cold
and find some other Multiversal limb
where time perhaps, flowed sideways on a whim.
The challenge was to cross a spacetime fold.

Thanks to his father’s pioneering work,
he’d live until this universe expired.
He revelled at the lifting of the curse
yet lately felt ambivalent desire.
The challenge was impossibly absurd.
At times, he almost wished he could retire.

Submitted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Edited: Friday, May 24, 2013


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  • Stephen W (2/22/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    Interesting stuff. A sonnet? I'm writing SF myself these days, though not poetry.

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  • Chuck Audette (6/13/2013 2:36:00 PM)

    I must echo Valerie. Not a shining star after all, I fear we are a black Hole.

  • ..... W@king Up..... (6/1/2013 9:11:00 PM)

    I can see a vivid portrait of this sonnet :) nice work!

    -W

  • Danny Draper (6/1/2013 4:44:00 AM)

    A compact journey as a sonnet is and yet its spans all time and space. The Dr would be proud.

  • Somanathan Iyer (5/31/2013 12:18:00 PM)

    last two lines depict the true picture. well expressed Ms.Diane Hine. Thanks

  • David Wood (5/30/2013 8:34:00 AM)

    Sounds a bit like Star Trek. I loved it.

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (5/26/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    A beautiful Sci-fi sonnet, Diane Hine! The last para' exactly tunes to the situation prevailing! Wonderful imagination and beautiful rendition!

  • Valerie Dohren (5/25/2013 4:27:00 AM)

    Doubt if mankind will survive until the universe expires - I'm sure we will have blown ourselves up well before then.
    Fascinating read though, very sci-fi.

  • Captain Cur (5/24/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    Reading this I imagined Einstein and Steven Hawkins thoughtful endeavors,
    though not immortal, their ideas, concepts and theories will live forever.
    The poem flowed smooth as time through a black hole's multiversal mind.

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