NaPoWriMo 2018, Day 8: "The Horrendous Space Kablooie" by Bryant Jacobi
The Horrendous Space Kablooie
HOBBES: What would you call the creation of the universe?
CALVIN: The Horrendous Space Kablooie!
-- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
People who study the Abyss,
or at least the surface of the Abyss, the bit that has particles & waves,
say now that the Big Bang wasn't the Big Beginning
but the collapse of a chaos--a chaos without particles or waves or space & time for them to play around in--
& maybe the Horrendous Space Kablooie was triggered when the chunks, whatever they were, of this primal uncreation
tumbled into the just right configuration to set things off, starting
a topple of happenings that led to electrons & pinwheel galaxies & amoebas & femurs & headaches & french toast.
Some, that is. Some cosmologists, some physicists say.
I'm no scientist, I barely passed high school chemistry, I don't know. I do know
that sometimes--when I go to the silence & dark, when I look into the Abyss until I get scared--I know that I--
the bit with images & sensations & interior dimensions they can play around in-- I know that I am a thin membrane of ragged order over a swell of chaos,
& under the chaos is a nothing--
but of the nothing, I don't know a thing,
or whether to fear what's beneath it. But if, if
there is nothing but nothing under everything, then at least
I'm as real as anything.
It was snowing.
Now it's stopped.
-- Bryant Jacobi[image:36]
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