The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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As we peer still deeper into space
The scholar reads a panoply of signs
That tell each epoch’s story, keeping pace
As we descend in darkness in the mines
Of ancient photons: see the spectral lines,
The LYMAN-ALPHA FOREST — as the light
Of young chaotic galaxies combines
With neutral hydrogen, we see the bright
Mad quasar shining through a billion years of night.