Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

SCIENTISTS FIND UNIVERSE AWASH IN TINY DIAMONDS*

Author: 
Mayne Ellis

But haven’t we always known?
The shimmer of trees, the shaking of flames
every cloud lined with something
clean water sings
right to the belly
scouring us with its purity
it too is awash with diamonds

“so small that trillions could rest
on the head of a pin”

It is not unwise then to say
that the air is hung close with diamonds
that we breathe diamond
our lungs hoarding, exchanging
our blood sowing them rich and thick
along every course it takes
Does this explain
why some of us are so hard
why some of us shine
why we are all precious

that we are awash in creation
spumed with diamonds
shot through with beauty
that survived the death of stars

* quotation found in a newspaper clipping on the subject

Issue Title: 
Women's Journeys: Progress and Peril
Issue Year: 
2011