The Earth & An Atom

Cosmic Musings: The Universe in a Grain of Sand

Have you ever twisted a grain of sand through your fingers sitting on a beach and pondered what is out there?

Not only in our world but also in the solar system, galaxy, or universe?  

There can’t be a brick wall out there defining perimeters.

If you look closely at the Earth and its Moon and compare them to the smallest thing you can think of, say an atom, do you see the resemblance?

Moons orbiting planets resemble electrons orbiting a nucleus that make up an atom. There are many size planets with many moons orbiting them out there. Who’s to say those large planets and its moons are not an atom making up a compound unknown to humans and their perception?

A helium atom, for example, has two electrons circling its nucleus while Mars can match that with its two moons named Phobos and Deimo. A sulfur atom has sixteen electrons, Neptune has sixteen moons.

Put it into perspective, we are comparing one of the biggest things humans can fathom and the smallest thing we can understand, and they are near identical in most ways.  

The Earth and its moon may form an atom that helps make up a grain of sand on another world’s beach, and that atom could be a planet and moon in another world’s solar system.

Unbeknownst to you, that grain of sand is now stuck on the bottom of your shoe. You now carry that planet, its moons, and its life with you as you go about life, until it dislodges and moves through our world, roaming unguided, not knowing what it is or where it is until someone observes it, studies it and identifies it. 

The life-forms on that planet don’t know you exist nor do you know they do because neither of our technology has evolved enough to understand what could be past that one milli-fraction of space on the rubber sole of your shoe.

Way Past Tipsy - ran kime

Read “The Earth & an Atom” and other stories by Ran Kime in the collection Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.