UKArchive ID: 35083I Am by prospero
Originally published on June 26, 2015 in Poetry

With acknowledgement and thanks for the inspiration to William Shakespeare.

I am a tiny fraction of the energy of the Big Bang;
The creative flash of a hyperinflationary micro second 

The faint ripple of primeval galactic density;
An inevitable coalescence of the long swell of gravity waves;
A passionate fusion of a quadrillion hydrogen atoms; 

I am the dust of long forgotten stars; 

The pain of aeons of evolutionary suffering; 

"Noble in reason; "
"Infinite in faculty!
"In form and express admirable!"
"In action like an angel!"
"The paragon of animals ! โ€œ
I am a Man!
I am Me!

© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 35083
Archived comments for I Am
gwirionedd on 26-06-2015
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Man delights not me... Nor woman neither...

Author's Reply:
You donโ€™t really mean that I am sure!

Seriously though when I was severely depressed from January 1914 until May this year I understood wht Hamlet was saying entirely.

I felt like Matthew Arnold:-

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Sometimes I think that I have too many poems in my head and it s not good for me:-(



amman on 26-06-2015
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What a piece of work is this. From the infinitesimal to the affirmation of self. 'I am man/I am me'!
I wish the poetry in my head was so accessible.

Author's Reply:
Thank you Tony - with a bit f help from my friend William:-)


gwirionedd on 26-06-2015
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Come now, David, I'm sure you hadn't been depressed since the start of the First World War. I suspect you are exaggerrating.

Anyway, I'm glad you're through the worst of it now. Hopefully now you can remain in reasonable good cheer until the outbreak of the Third World War (coming soon to a cinema near you).

Author's Reply:
Well i would have been depressed by the First World War, of course I was ill from January 2014 until May 2015 which seemed like an eternity:-(


Gothicman on 27-06-2015
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An excellent poem, Corin, like the made from random common dust birth and the listing of positive attributes from sophisticated development, two extremes as it were. (Acks to Stephen Hawkins too!) Not sure if it's a cynical view of creation without a omnipotent God though! Haha!

Author's Reply:
Gothicman it is intended to be a humanist view of creation without the need for an almighty creator. Science seems to begetting closer and closer to explaining how the universe was created out of nothing. Even so we do not understand it all completely yet. Time and space and mass are still quite mysterious phenomenon.


Mikeverdi on 28-06-2015
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Late to the feast on this one, just to say I enjoyed the meal.I don't like to think it may be the last supper though, so 'Keep Calm and Cary On' looking forwards to hearing you in Bristol Dave ๐Ÿ™‚

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Mike, Looking forward to meeting everyone in Bristol - many thanks for organising it.


stormwolf on 30-06-2015
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Never heard it put like that David but I do love that we are made of stardust.
You are indeed you and you write good poetry an' all.
Alison xx

Author's Reply:
It is quite literally true that we are made of stardust. When a massive star in the middle of a large cloud of condensing hydrogen has nearly burnt up up all its hydrogen fuel and turned it to Helium it first of all grows smaller and hotter until the helium begins to burn and produce carbon. This reaction causes the star to become hot again and expand enormously and turn into a red giant. Eventually the Helium runs out and the star collapses again. If the star is massive enough the intense gravity causes the star to explode as a supernova. In a few seconds all the other 80 odd elements are synthesised by nuclear fusion and scattered amid the hydrogen cloud. These elements react chemically to form simple molecules like water, methane, silicon dioxide iron oxide, ammonia, acetic acid and nucleic acids. This is star dust. When new stars form in the ancient gas cloud the star dust becomes part of the proto star. The heavier material from the star dust forms planets etc orbiting the new star. On Earth it was from this dust that life evolved, (we know not how). The early simple life forms after 3.5 billion years evolved into homo sapiens. Hence we are all literally made of star dust. What a tragedy it would be if Homo Sapiens themselves destroyed life on the Earth that gave rise to this miraculous process of evolution which has taken some 20 billion years.