like supermen or demigods,
when they reached across both space and time
and pulled a cluster of minuscule dots,
red like measles or clover spiders
from the very bottom of a collector’s jar,
a galaxy of non-existent stars
birthed and snuffed out by a storm of fire,
now lensed and stretched and amplified,
washing back like glass on the tide.
Ross Thompson is an award-winning writer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His work has appeared in a wide range of journals and publications, and he read ‘The Slipping Forecast’ on the BBC for The Arts Show.