Story for Dream Magazine http://dream-magazine.com/stories/particles/
Matter is the main evidence we have from the link of our planet to other celestial bodies in space. The chemical composition of sand and stone concurs in some cases. We may find the same elements in our soil than in outer space land.
Soil remains ageless. Particles form crystals, that form grains, that become a whole in a sea of sand, an avalanche of silt or a lake of clay. Every element is as small as it can be, composed of invisible structures, but the sum of elements can become as big as the Universe, being endlessly counted by the Sand Reckoner. The ensemble constantly loses and regains. Rocks eventually detach from it and take their own turn. They become a new ensemble, shaped in a unique, high-handed cut; smaller, but with determined bounds; still detachable and able to create numerous cosmos around them.
Gravity is of big value here. History determines the weight of every fraction, but when the context is lowered to zero, the suspension of some properties takes place. Then again, light reflection and temperature are determining. When a physical property is elevated to its nth power, it becomes an absolute term. Floating and shining are abilities that only seem possible for mineral elements in outer space, because extreme possibilities, like zero and infinite, are more likely. Only under manipulated situations those seem possible on Earth. Or only being carried out by living beings.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn observed some luminescent particles floating in space, during an orbit around the Earth. During a road trip in Lanzarote, in 2016, I observed some of these particles in different spots of the island.