Dust to Dust

The carbon in the skeleton,
the oxygen in the breath,
the iron in the globin:
all seeded by the stars
after the core is imploded—
the cosmic dust:
silicon, carbon, aluminum
[a millionth of a centimeter]:
the sand under pelicans,
the flowers and the flesh,
the screendoors that open.
stars die that we may live.
Before spacetime spread deeper
the first supernovae exploded,
when ancient blue-white stars
bathed the universe in light—
the cosmic dawn
[the first generation of stars]
a fraction of the current age.