Rebecca Elson - 'Girl with a Balloon'

From this, the universe

In its industrial age,

With all the stars lit up

Roaring, banging, spitting,

Their black ash settling

Into every form of life,


You might look back with longing

To the weightlessness, the elemental,

Of the early years.


As leaning out the window

You might see a child

Going down the road,

A red balloon,

A little bit of pure Big Bang,

Bobbing at the end of her string


Note: Most of the helium in the universe was created in the Big Bang.

Rebecca Elson was an astrophysicist and poet.