One of the risks of living in an inflationary universe
is a growing collection of strangers
who like nebulae drifting apart
only weakly interact.

I imagine there might be a universe
in which accretion happens naturally
and all the things and people
gather in the same place.

It might collapse into a singularity,
sure, but at least it wouldn’t be
the cable guy laying wire down
as if that’s enough.

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