Science & Technology
Blacker Black
     Researchers in New York reported this month that they have created
     a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that
     hits it, making it by far the darkest substance ever made ...
          --The Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2008

Above the fire pit's halo, the new night is neither circle
nor prayer, but the lining of a hat
        millimeters from the skull, the darkness
    separating from light.

The book of unforeseen illumination
        gives up its grinning shine,
for this is the black of a wound gone to heaven,
a flag for the unconscious country
            lost in its weather of disclosure.

The simple spill of shadows
        puddles now, dizzy with the new nothingness
    people step over like a hole.

In the nanolight's dead bounce
a last few photons wave and hop,
        release into flight
    like quarrelsome crows.

Copyright 2008,  Dave Rea

Dave Rea hopes the era of superconducting levitation begins soon. He works as a copy editor in Seattle.

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