Cosmic Lens Poem by Harley White

Cosmic Lens

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There’s a smiley face in space
that’s beaming from above
at our mindless human race
on Earth we say we love.

Yet we mortals trash our planet
and with weaponry we man it,
dream up lucrative devotions,
scheme up profiteering notions.
(If it’s good for us, we ban it.)
We pour poisons in the oceans,

putrefy the air we’re breathing,
spew out gases foul that interfere
with shield of ozone wreathing
in the upper atmosphere–
one of the stratospheric layers
necessary for us here–
which greedy corporate players
have been making disappear.

How they vie for prominence,
cry for global dominance,
in their lethal games
with avaricious aims

that strive for power, to possess
more and more and more and more,
all in the name of ‘progress’,
in a doom where we’ll be done for!

Way out in that spatial place,
there we see that ‘happy face’
(anyhow at least ‘so-called’)
with arcs in lensing guise
that across its look are sprawled,
plus galaxies for eyes.

This strong gravitational
Einstein lensing ring
shows a quite sensational
though misleading thing

that has caused this warped spacetime
to evoke my Hubble rhyme
for its kisser countenance
born from massive mountenance
(which is a word that can be seen
in Edmund Spenser’s “Faerie Queene”) .

How will our folk tale end up?
Could that grinning gal or guy
be a parodic send-up,
satirizing us on high?

We’re drowning in excessive stuff
at a fast and frenzied pace…
When will people shout, “Enough! ”?

Man can wreak havoc, in worst case,
with single pull of lever.

Still and all, we think we’re clever…

I’ve a wish, in medias res–
but better late than never:

May human beings life embrace,
before our hopes we sever
to find an earthly state of grace–
in truth, the great endeavor…

So, smile upon us, smiley face!
We need it more than ever!

Cosmic Lens
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: astronomy
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
A key result of Einstein’s theory is that matter warps space-time, and thus a massive object can cause an observable bending of light from a background object. The first success of the theory was the observation, during a solar eclipse, that light from a distant background star was deflected by the predicted amount as it passed near the Sun.

Astronomers have since found many examples of this phenomenon, known as “gravitational lensing.” More than just a cosmic illusion, gravitational lensing provides astronomers with a way of probing extremely distant galaxies and groups of galaxies in ways that would otherwise be impossible even with the most powerful telescopes.

Inspiration for poem came from Hubble Image and article, “A Smiling Lens” < spacetelescope.org/images/potw1506a/ >

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Credit: ~ NASA & ESA
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ratnakar Mandlik 26 August 2016

Hats off to the Cosmic lens that has depicted the reiteration of self destruction process carries out by human in the name of progress. Congrats for inking such a thought provoking poem as also on it's Poem of the Day.

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Harley White 26 August 2016

Thank you very much for your warmhearted, enthusiastic response!

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Pamela Sinicrope 25 August 2016

The message in this poem has been written and discussed over and over again...but never (am I aware) in the context of a smiley face in outer space, Einstein's theory of matter, and of an archaic term borrowed from Spenser's Faerie Queen...all in media res...and using a clever rhyme scheme and organization of stanzas that flow interestingly. :)) I mapped through your rhyming, syllables, stanza lengths and overall poem length and was puzzled and amused. There is a degree of consistency of all of the above with some dissonance thrown in. Well, I'm smiling and you've conveyed your message loud and clear...and I learned something. Thanks and congratulations. I look forward to reading more.

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Harley White 25 August 2016

I appreciate your attentive reading and thoughtful commentary, Pamela. You picked up on the playfulness of the structure and how I allowed myself to free flow from time to time. I often write poems associated with astronomy themes and enjoy learning as I study my subject matter. In the case of this cosmic grin, my take on the image was perhaps unexpected. At any rate, I am pleased with your response in every sense, which has me smiling, too... Thank you!

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Unnikrishnan E S 14 August 2021

Made a revisit. An apt response to the irresponsible acts of man

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Captain Cur 23 March 2021

Nothin illusionary about this telescopic write. Unfortunately man and womankind seem headed to assured destruction, because of all the reason mentioned above, perhaps already too late. But there is always hope that a cosmic awareness could save us all.

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Bill Cantrell 17 October 2020

My dear friend, I just directed some of my best friends to your poetry, I hope they will check you out, I told them you are one of a kind...you are by far my favorite poet and that’s saying a lot for I really like many, but you are my intrigue and fascination and I see your humble heart through your genius ??

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Harley White 21 October 2020

I cannot thank you enough for your constant support support and encouragement! You are indeed a true poetic friend and greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

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Cowboy Ron Williams 01 July 2020

Great poem! I love the thought of a smiley face in space! I would invite you to read my poems (I have five of them) , but my account is new and the poems are not activated yet. This really surprises me. I thought people would be able to read my poems as soon as I posted them!

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Sarah Shahzad 12 December 2019

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