(found blanched by the unnaturally hot sun, letters faded, meaning slipping away)
But what is a smile and why? For who and for whom is a smile and why?
We gnash teeth, clench fists, furrow brows in the name of salvation, yet for who and to whom and why? What is and what isn’t and why?
We declare protection and mercy, extract tax and credit, obey oaths of loyalty, mete out a solemn forgiveness. But for who and to whom and why?
The cool just waited. Yet it did nothing! It could have run. Earth could have pushed it farther down, out of reach, into its own molten core to be gone forever. But the coal could just waited. No. It did not. It did nothing!
The fish boil alive and their homes melt in ultraviolet light. Earth turns an ashy color, an unfamiliar color – but unfamiliar to who and for whom and why? Earth melts, shakes, becomes unstable, becomes unsafe. But to who and for whom and why?
Can there be more than us? Can there be anything without us?
And that question! Asked to who and for whom and why?
There is an infinity beyond. A darkness, inky blackness. Written off as useless, called a vacuum, called merely and simply “Space.” Yet it is there. It is there and it dwarfs us. It makes us so small, this mere and simple “Space.”
And it, it all, seems so, so – inhospitable, incomprehensible. But to whom and for whom and why?