No Creature in Andromeda

No creature in Andromeda noticed
when the Earth released its final leaf.
They didn’t see the last stag stumble
or hear the ultimate howl of wolf.
The insects dwindled with no accounting.
The remaining starling fell and drowned.
The salmon and the cities stopped,
and that is how our world wound down.
A slowing clock, silence expanding.
A stern retreat to wind and rock,
and even that, in time, collapsing,
swallowed by a dying sun.
A small event, observed by none.

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