Michelangelo (1475–1564), “The Last Judgment” (detail)
Sistine Chapel
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The timepiece of the cosmos—half past one—
Stops—Why not? A good time to be done
Heroes, villains, saints and devils, angels
Characters observed in their ensembles

And then the climax of the story, see
The plot resolved inside its mystery:
Learn why this starry universe existed
Why Tower Time and Space was first erected

Leaned above the battle that was fought
Beneath so watchers of it could be taught
The history that happened as observed
And why the time and space of it are curved

So then it stops and all the creatures wait
At that very moment—learn their fate:
You go here to be, live the splendid glory
And you might not—and that’s the end of story