barred spiral galaxyLast night as I sat in the hot tub, steam rose, hitting the frigid air. Stars–some in familiar patterns–dotted the moonless sky.

I mused about the immensity of the universe, and then thought turned to look at the word “universe” itself. Uni-verse.

One song!

Who named this vast, outrageous display, and got it so right?

I soaked and smiled, soaked and smiled.

© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
photo: barred spiral galaxy from NASA archives

3 thoughts on “universe

  1. William

    Who named it? It must have been named long ago before minds were so far developed–it must have been an intuitive expression, rather than something someone thought through … “hmm… we gotta come up with a name for this, let’s think long and hard about it so we get it conceptually right…” No, more likely it was a spontaneous, intuitive naming…


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