Degenerate Matter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

c. 2016

Submitted: August 19, 2018

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Submitted: August 19, 2018



We gave into the pressure, saying, “This is the worst it could possibly be.”

But that was only electron degeneracy pressure, my  dear

All of the negatives and all of the positives destroyed one another

Leaving only the flat white sea of neutrality. Asystole.

You could be comfortable here, caved into a small dense core

Locked in a rapid dance, spinning rapidly ever more

Who could ignore this Great War you fight for stability

Nobility among the stars anymore? We could exist like this

For an eon or four. We didn’t count on neutron degeneracy though

And our dance was no more. Gravity overwhelms us all in the end

And I became you and you became me for that moment

A singularity. We thought we were both matter–you told me I mattered–

But I was antimatter and we destroyed each other,

Lifetime after lifetime, again and again like the ocean bore

We rush into each other and are pulled back, back, back

We are nothing but a black hole now, devouring everything

And everything to keep, to keep. Devouring each other.

Still I seek you out, knowing you’ll destroy me again.

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