First the left hand, then the right;
in each, a ball, in each held tight
When a third comes into view,
what exactly will you do?
Let it roll past on its way,
down the hall and out the door?
Or grab it and bring it into play,
or even look around for more?
Throw one up into the air.
See how it seems to go up there.
Round and round, see where it spins
and, as it falls, the game begins!
And what a game! For as you snatch it
you must let go another to catch it.
Now both your hands have to hurry
forever in a whirl and flurry.
The more you grab, the worse it gets.
How it started, you forget.
Is there no peace in this kinetic cage,
performing here upon an empty stage?
The game’s the thing; is its own reason
and every time of year its season.
The world spins on in this commotion,
this frantic, senseless, cosmic motion.
How will it end? For what can stop it?
We surely cannot simply drop it.
We reach and clutch, catch and throw
on and on and on we go.
Exhaustion brings a final fumble,
we and our juggling all down tumble.
The Sun, too, will tire of this game
and all its planets will fall down again.