The Two Cultures
for John Swope
The scientist says that all that we know exploded from an inscrutable spark. The universe swelled like a bubble. Galaxies clumped and swirled. Planets danced around a yellow sun. Rain scattered across breeding seas. The scientist says that the spark that made the stars made us. The artist asks that we pause some night beside the water and feel the restless sky teaching the stars within us. There is only one commandment: create, create. That's why we cling to each other and make new worlds with our bodies. The artist asks only that we honor the spark. - James Patrick Kelly
Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Vol. 16 No. 6, May 1992, p. 61.