‘When Two Stars Collide’

A new hymn text from Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt

Two stars collide, but love is not diminished,
while ripples thunder out through time and space,
the universe has shuddered down the centuries,
but nothing will unsettle given grace.

We look into the void, detect the difference
where gravity, disrupted, ripples on.
Our understanding, stressed through awe and wonder,
can count again the knowledge that’s been won.

Yet wisdom is much more than calculation,
than observations grounded on this earth,
we reach out through a mystery that surrounds us,
toward the source that brought us all to birth.

© Andrew Pratt 16/10/2017 after the detection of gravitational waves caused by the collision of two neutron stars.


You can read more about this event on the NASA website - NASA's press release about this kilonova.