Unholy Meditation
(after the style of John Donne's "Holy Sonnets")

Life has evolved, in spite of Entropy,
Or dissolution into random motion.
A life one drop of water in an ocean
Of Space and Time and radiant Energy
Out of which Chaos comes an Enthalpy
Assembling to itself attractive Mass
Exploded stars’ vast clouds of dust and gas
Collapse. New stars ignite. No Empathy
Forms planets, asteroids, and comets. These
Revolve, collide, till through a process blind
First plants, then animals, then human kind
Appears. Then Habit, Chance, and Law displease.
Each brief life passed, dissolved, no more to know,
To scattered molecules our bodies go.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2019