Friday, 6 November 2009

Eye of God or Ring Nebula Deep Field

Image courtesy of Astronomy Picture of the Day (LINK at Bard on the Run)

Eye of God or Ring Nebula Deep Field

Fireworks and music
implosions and explosions
in Lyra's constellation

and the night drawn down
at the speed of light
the quick kiss and then
the complete shut-down

and soon the waves upon the shore
and are all gone
and one more star and all her children
are no more

2,000 light years distant
and gone
to the ultra violet
to the infra red
to our sensitive instruments
detecting atomic symphony of hydrogen
and gas flung
to the far flung

but Lyra's star is seriously gone,


like a vanished bell
in a war
shot from a cannon
and finally

But Lyra's star repeats
there is no forever
only the moment
of the first word


for then
gravity reassembles
from the atomic

and then there is the will
to shine out again
to sing an old familiar song
which comes from the round
molecular tones
of the new star
and the water music
in the the music
of hydrogen
and so there will roar forth
another blast of heavenly
dragon's breath

and the miraculous music
of life!
will be renewed
and will continue
to be forever

in the lyric
and the music
of Lyra's exploded sun.



  1. I will say - as I usually do when I see such exquisite photographs Poet - there is a piece of textile art in there somewhere just waiting to jump out. There is such beauty out there.

  2. Hi, I too came across an eye of God which I have uploaded on my blog:
    You may like to view it.
    All the best
    R K

  3. It's a star, much like our sun, and it exploded at the end of its life as our sun will. What you see there is the hydrogen gas cloud left over from the explosion. Beautiful, yes.

  4. R K, I called at your blog but couldn't find your pic. Left a message.

  5. Great to read an astronomy poem - and one which makes such effortless use of complex information.

    I was reminded, too, of a webpage I created a long time ago. The contraption only worked on the sun: I optimistically stalked round the garden at night in my headphones, waving a wok, but recieved nothing. All I proved was that someone can, for the most rational of reasons, be involved in an activity which appears, to the outsider, to be totally senseless. :)

  6. Dominic's (patent pending) diy radio wokoscope assembly instructions and operating are available via his blog.

    Children building or operating the Rivron Wokoscope (c) are advised do so only under adult supervision.

    Warning: Do not look directly at the sun and exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of Black Holes.

  7. John, thanks. You might like to try the Rivron-Wokoscope up in the Trossachs :)


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