Harley White

Cosmic Hand - Poem by Harley White

Once upon a ghostly star,
knee-deep in a darkling place
I meandered off too far
into outer, outer space.

As I wandered in this land
of the void beyond the night,
suddenly I saw a hand
reaching for a cosmic light.

Though lost in darkness dreary
and adrift in bleak despair,
disheartened, weak, and weary,
I could not but stop and stare.

Such a wondrous illusion
floated in those blackened skies!
Was this only delusion
that I saw before my eyes?

Did collapsed star long ago,
pulsar spinning crazily,
cause that nebulaic glow
emanating hazily?

Was this sight to be believed?
Astrophysical ideal?
Pareidolia perceived?
Yet the phantasm seemed real!

Fingers colored brilliant blue
clutching at a fiery band
formed a most amazing view
of this archetypal hand.

And my musing mind was full
of this inner mystic spell
serving as the heavens’ pull
out of my own private hell.

That ethereal display
brought me eerily around,
showing me the light of day
and a destiny profound.

Ever onward I would plod,
thus to seek the truth inside,
on a path that few had trod
where deep wisdom would abide.

With this purpose as my guide,
though the way might twist and bend,
I would live until I died
with enlightenment my end.

Yea, it was as if a dream
of a helping hand within
shone a bright eternal beam
where obscurity had been.

Topic(s) of this poem: verse

Form: Ekphrastic

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Inspiration for the poem was from the article “Cosmic Hand Reaches for the Light”... at SPACE.com

Tiny and dying but still-powerful stars called pulsars spin like crazy and light up their surroundings, often with ghostly glows. So it is with PSR B1509-58, which long ago collapsed into a sphere just 12 miles in diameter after running out of fuel.

The scene, which spans 150 light-years, is about 17,000 light years away, so what we see now is how it actually looked 17,000 years ago, and that light is just arriving here.

Red represents low-energy X-rays, the medium range is green, and the most energetic ones are colored blue. The blue hand-like structure was created by energy emanating from the nebula around the dying star PSR B1509-58. The red areas are from a neighboring gas cloud called RCW 89.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill

Comments about Cosmic Hand by Harley White

  • Bill Cantrell (9/12/2017 6:43:00 PM)

    And my musing mind was full
    Of this inner mystics spell
    Serving as the heavens pull,
    Out of my own private hell.......did you not realize that this coamic hand was reaching for your poetry?

    A cosmic poem from a cosmic hand to a cosmic hand...no pun intended....sorry, I couldn't resist, a great poem! ! !
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    Harley White (9/13/2017 6:55:00 AM)

    As always, your gratifying comment and warmhearted support are most welcome! Thank you!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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