A Crocodile In Space Eats Stars Poem by Terence Craddock

A Crocodile In Space Eats Stars

Rating: 5.0

a crocodile in space
with sharp teeth
strong jaws
was eating stars

is a metaphor for time

in time stars
consuming energy
will reach critical
mass burn out

fade away into interstellar darkness

when the candle burns out
when matter is consumed
past maximum point
of stellar consumption

or if a large star goes
supernova transcends
from mass expanding light
into transformation black hole

sucking in material
on event horizon seen

the crocodile in space
with sharp teeth strong jaws
was eating tasty stars
a metaphor for time

Terence George Craddock (Afterglows Echoes Of Starlight)
Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Complete version of the split images 'Sharp Teeth Strong Jaws Eating Stars' and 'When Stellar Candle Burns Out', by the poet Terence George Craddock. Written in April 2023 on the 1.4.2023.
Richard Wlodarski 08 April 2023

Terence, I see that you haven't lost artistic touch. Not only is this poem so very well written, but the metaphor and imagery are out of this world. Thoroughly enjoyed it, poet friend. Welcome back! Long time no see!

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Terence Craddock 08 April 2023

Thank you for the comment and welcome back Richard. There was a technical problem in October 2021 and I could not comment on poems, so I left until it was resolved. Seemed rude not to be able to thank poets for beautiful comments made.

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Sandra Feldman 07 April 2023

A very unusual, deep and highly philosophical, poem. How stars, light, death turn in the universe, burn out as the crocodile of time in his starry banquet delights! Excellent poem, to be read more than even twice.

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Terence Craddock 08 April 2023

The crocodile as a metaphor for eating time intrigued me in the story of Peter Pan and Never Never Land, thinking about that metaphor recently spaced me out : )

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