Bad News

It is virtually certain that an infinite number of intelligent extraterrestrial species exist, no matter how improbable their evolution on any given planet. However, cosmological theory implies that because the universe is expanding, any living creatures outside the observable universe are and will forever remain causally disconnected from us: they can never visit us, communicate with us, or be seen by us or our descendants.
– Nick Bostrom, MIT Technology review. May/June 2008

There she is,
The perfect mate
The one who would have made you happy
Unfortunately right beyond the observable horizon
You’ll never, ever get
To feel her soft tentacles
Stroke her chitinous exoskeleton spikes
Smile in her hyperspectral compound eyes.
How sad, really.
There she was
Perfect for you
Just out of reach
Missed by a mere
Forty six billion light years.