Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)


Ecliptic Arguments Haunt Water Erosion Sphinx - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

mysterious Sphinx stretches
paws out deep into desert sands
watching stars span satin ages

mystery tranquility peacefully
Sphinx lies timeless built exactly
on east-west axis gaze perfectly

sun greeting equinoctial marker
set due east of Giza necropolis
Sphinx red rising sun illuminates

summer solstice latitude Gaza
sun rises 28 degrees north of east
winter solstice at latitude Gaza

sun rises 28 degrees south of east
at equinoxes sun always rises due east
an accurate reference to cardinal

direction high precision design gaze set
due east Sphinx is an equinoctial marker
targets exact position of sunrise at dawn

ancient astronomers built Sphinx when
2500BC focused upon zodiacal constellation
Taurus houses sun on spring equinox

yet Sphinx is built as significant form leonine
in 10,500 BC our sun rises into Leo constellation
ecliptic arguments haunt water erosion sphinx


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2011


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