It was born from death:
the shock wave of a star explosion
made ripples in a cloud of gas and dust,
disturbed its equilibrium. Once smooth, stable,
it began to flex and shrink.
Motes once content to stay apart
now rushed together. In their joining
they drew others to them, and yet more
until the ball of stuff they made
was irresistible, now sucking in
the cloud from which it came.
As it fed there grew a fire in its heart.
The weight of all it had devoured
thrust every part of it together until,
at last, two atoms became one
.... and there was light.