8 Minutes Ago

8 Minutes Ago, By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @brianrrs37 on Twitter)

This unfathomable caldron
Burning, brightly, intensely
Boils them, bubbling up

To the surface bursting
Flicking, scattering, releasing
Formula 1 has nothing on them

They win the race before it begins
8 minutes from there to here
The bright colors they carry

Of the rosebush and raspberry
The sunflower and daisy
The blue skies in midday

The bright white sandy beaches
And bright colors of the Macaw
But for it to get to

That launching pad
At all, 100,000 years ago
It formed in fusion

The jam packed
Subway car
In Tokyo or New York

Rush hour in plasma form
Then that spit ball
Shot from the slingshot

Or is it waving to us?
8 minutes ago
What if it were

Driving slow?
What if it
Had a speed limit

Of 55 miles per hour?
It would be absurd
And also slower

And a little over
192 years
326 days

13 hours
5 minutes
And 23 seconds

How about that?
Let that sink in
I am glad it is only

An 8 minute wait
But it took 100,000
Years to make.

This is the life cycle of f a photon.

It takes an average of a 100,000 years to go from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel close to 92 million miles.


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