Kin the Atom

There was Kin

A speck that started out so utterly lost.

So utterly alone; Kin was a single atom awakening

In a vast galaxy of atoms. A galaxy uncountable a billion times over.

And they bound together into a great wave,

Pointing at Kin, shouting

“Insignificant!”

At this, Kin’s heart split.

And his sadness turned to loneliness.

And his loneliness turned to anger.

So Kin decided to leave.

“I’ll find another galaxy,” He said. “One where I

matter.”

So Kin concentrated.

He focused all of his being into a single point

Inside his nucleus heart.

And with the weight of a thousand mountains

Kin compacted himself right into the moon!

He danced and spun about

Twirling around the earth’s finger.

He hugged the turns and rode the curves,

Startling the water into waves.

But after many years of this, Kin felt he was just running in circles.

He still had not become something that

Mattered.

So Kin concentrated.

He focused all of his being into a single point

Inside his nucleus heart,

And with the grace of a thousand clouds,

Kin became the sky!

He rejoiced as he flew with the wind

Speeding beside planes, catching behind sailboats,

Diving beneath trees,

              Singing with the sound of their leaves

Determined to touch every last crevasse on the planet,

So he began his pursuit.

And after many years of this, Kin realized at long last, he had done it!

So he perched himself upon a cloud to think.

But something was missing and he didn’t know what it was.

So Kin rose from his seat

And blew right into himself.

Darting above electrons and whooshing beside protons,

Ken screeched to a halt.

Inside his nucleus heart there

Was a great hole.

Ken still did not matter.

So once again Kin concentrated.

He focused all of his being into a single point

Inside his nucleus heart,

And with the heat of a thousand stars,

Kin became the Sun!

He thundered and roared fire

Boiling metal into soup, spitting flames for miles and miles

Drinking every spark.

Kin watched as planets drew just close enough to breathe;

Just close enough for life to bloom outward,

Growing and shrinking and growing again

Hunting and planting and building

Fighting and loving and dying.

Kin knew he could rest here for many eternities,

Watching the blessing of life explore itself.

Until one day Kin noticed two round eyes squinting up at him in astonishment

Eyes that belonged to a simple little ant-

Gazing in a way that seemed to capture every bit of mystery and wonder hidden

In the furthest depths of Kin’s electron cloud.

This little ant stared with such astoundment

That for the first time in his life, Kin felt

Significant!

And he stared back

As the hole in Kin’s heart overflowed

With all the wholeness of the universe,

And it spilled out into all the other atoms

Filling all of their holes and cracks,

Settling deep inside.

And at the hands of this tiny insignificant creature,

Kin realized at last how much he mattered.

Jacob Reinhardt

09/17/2013

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