The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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Kalpa upon Kalpa of cosmic time
Has passed for us: the stars no longer glow,
But orbit through a velvet night sublime,
Cold and in seeming spent. Yet, even so,
As atoms flicker languid to and fro
In æons they may leap the quantum wall
To fuse and form the isotope we know
As iron, stablest nucleon of all:
Each star in time becomes a mighty CANNON-BALL.