8 Moons

Sharon Olds
8 Moons

An atom bomb—does it reduce everythingto atoms—to a mist the size of the moon?And the hydrogen bomb—is there water in it?When you drop it, does the mushroom above itlook like a splash, as if you’d droppedthe moon onto the ocean? If you droppedthe moon onto the Pacific, would the moon’scircumference fit? Some say the equators of8 moons dropped onto the surfaceof the Pacific would fit on it.We can’t imagine the length of timeit took to make the universe.And the death of the Earth—for most of us,unimaginable, and thereforeinevitable. ...