It

Jeredith Merrin

Nothing more ordinary,
nothing more strange:
lives beginning, others ending—
commuters in or out the subway’s sliding doors,

workers changing shifts.
And no punishing or rewarding God.
Bright-and-Dark Matter:
it does not care for us,

it does not not care for us.
We are the caring part;
also sometimes non-caring.
Beehive Cluster,

Barnard’s Loop,
Large and Small Magellanic Couds . . .
shape-shifting, time-
shifting—we are it.

Jeredith Merrin

Jeredith Merrin is the author of two poetry collections: Shift (1996) and Bat Ode (2001), both published by the University of Chicago Press, and her work has appeared in the Yale Review, Southern Review, Hudson Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is also the author of An Enabling Humility: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and the Uses of Tradition (1990, Rutgers University Press).


Nothing more ordinary, nothing more strange: lives beginning, others ending— commuters in or out the subway’s sliding doors, workers changing shifts. And no punishing or rewarding God. Bright-and-Dark Matter: it does not care for us, it does not not care for us. We are the caring part; also sometimes non-caring. Beehive Cluster, Barnard’s Loop, Large …

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