Harley White


Like A Diamond In The Sky - Poem by Harley White

Twinkle the stars in night's display—
Sun's shining rays light up the day...
and yet, if futures vast we may
divine, white dwarf with diamond core
(that crystallized in ages yore)
will pulsate like a cosmic gong
its tintinnabulary song
(no longer sunbeams to bestow)
in seven billion years or so...;

then Sol might twinkle for the eyes
of distant poets far more wise,
beyond our cares— whoever dares
(if dreamers dwell in heres and theres,
whate'er whene'er where'er they are)
to seek and find our once bright star
(that like us also flames and dies) —
those with the loupe to look with sighs
for long lost Lucys in the skies...



< September 2010 >

Topic(s) of this poem: astronomy

Form: Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Article that inspired the poem: 'Diamond star thrills astronomers'
Astronomers expect our Sun will become a white dwarf when it dies 5 billion years from now. Some two billion years after that, the Sun's ember core will crystallize as well, leaving a giant diamond in the center of the solar system.
http: //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3492919.stm

'You would need a jeweller's loupe the size of the Sun to grade this diamond, ' says astronomer Travis Metcalfe, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the team of researchers that discovered it.

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Comments about Like A Diamond In The Sky by Harley White

  • Tom Allport (5/1/2017 1:28:00 PM)


    an interesting poem that shines bright like the sun? .........wonderfully written so that it gives light to the dim? .......well expressed. (Report) Reply

    Harley White Harley White (5/1/2017 3:35:00 PM)

    Thanks, Tom! Our sun is so amazing... as is all the cosmos...

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  • Bill Cantrell (2/1/2017 5:11:00 PM)


    Such beauty in your writing, I'm ever amazed how you can place such graceful words into deep subjects, white dwarfs are so interesting, a new beginning, a brighter light, I love this poem! (Report) Reply

    Harley White Harley White (2/2/2017 8:13:00 AM)

    Ah, thank you so much! This one is special to me because it was the first astro-poem I wrote.

  • Brian Jani (6/20/2014 4:11:00 PM)


    Amazing poem, it has an element of classic and modern, well done and keep it up (Report) Reply

    Harley White Harley White (8/26/2016 7:01:00 AM)

    Thank you very much for the wonderful comment! (Sorry to be so late in replying to this.)

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 18, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 29, 2016


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