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    the cosmos and other crap

    It is my birthday.
    I am fifty-five years old.
    I am sitting here
    contemplating the string theory
    of the universe,
    the reconciliation of the theories
    of Bohr and Einstein,
    the concept of the basic makeup
    of all things
    that can bring us back
    to just one second
    after the Big Bang.
    It is very complicated.
    It requires the comprehension
    of a world with ten dimensions,
    when I can barely operate in three.

    My woman stomps into the room.
    "Am I the only one in this house
    who will clean the toilet?"
    She demands to know what I am doing.

    "I'm contemplating
    the string theory
    of the universe."

    "Get off your ass
    and take out the garbage!"

    It is my birthday.
    I am fifty-five years old.
    Even on this day,
    it is not for me
    to comprehend
    my creation.


    Virgil Hervey
    P.O.B. 851
    Xenia, OH 45385
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