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First came the Big Bang.
Time passed, the earth cooled, 
life evolved, and mammals 
came to rule the planet.
Then last Thursday Laura
ran off with her dressage instructor.

Some people take interest
in other events that occurred
along the way:
The emergence of human language.
Wars that turned out differently
than expected.
Movies that turned out 
exactly as everyone thought.

To me, looking back 
over 14 billion years,
most of those things
didn’t amount to much.
I mark time by that
which matters most. 

This poem was originally published in FERAL: A Journal of Poetry and Art