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A Tale of Two Cities

If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?

There are two places that have always captured my imagination , two places I would go to in a heartbeat if there was a way.

I know, I know- if you really want something you have to at least try to get there, you have to take the chance, make the leap or  you will for sure  never make it and the regret you feel will haunt you to your grave.

But in my defense unless Doctor Who like technology shows up in my lifetime ( though it doesn’t matter because technically he could show up after I die or before, time travel is like that)  I won’t get to go to these places.

I want to be there One Minute before the Big Bang happens


and I want to be there one minute after the Universe dies.

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Crazy right?

Well, there’s a reason for it.

I want to see the calm before the storm, I want to know what it felt like when everything in the Universe was a ‘singularity’ (‘singularity’  I’ve learned,  is a fancy way of saying, we don’t know).

Maybe that is the time when ‘we’ were all one with life and death and God and the Devil.

Personally, I think it hated that situation so  much it blew itself apart because I’m willing to bet those four elements drove each other insane- and that could account for at least one effed up planet.

And as for the minute after- wouldn’t you like to see the sum of creation? It started here and ended up there. What gets left behind?

Does the Universe sigh in relief because its quiet at last? Scream because it’s going to have to go through it all again one day?

What happens at the moment life winks out?

I’ve sat with friends and family and pets at the moment they passed. One minute they’re there and the next they’re gone. And that void that comes right after they’ve left-  it wraps itself around you like a cold pair of arms and you could swear everything around you went dark. In reality I think the darkness is inside of you and it clouds your vision and all of your other senses.

It just looks that way.

And I wonder:

Is that what happens in that minute after the Universe dies?


I ‘m not 100% sure-  but I’d like to see it for myself.

And who knows a minute before, a minute after- maybe that memory will live forever.

Even if nothing else does.


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