Sculpting The Sky Poem by Harley White

Sculpting The Sky

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Gazing above at the heavens we love
is like sculpting the sky with dreams.
What it seems we know fades out in the glow
of myriad stellary gleams.

Stars interwoven with fugues Beethoven
composed in his silence of sound
reverberate through and beyond the blue
as ethereal thoughts abound.

Imaged with luster a huge star cluster
presented of Westerlund Two
is a Hubble gift that gives us a lift
from our everyday earthly view.

In a world prosaic, this mosaic
transports us to realms exotic.
Time loses its track as forward or back
and we soar to heights quixotic.

A tapestry forms mid galactic storms
of sidereal flares to life
with torrents of lights on glittering nights
where pillarous visions are rife.

Great inspirations from the creations
of marvels in measureless skies
spark us to seek past celestial mystique
to infinite wherefores and whys.

While totality of reality
might escape our comprehensions,
they say it's very extraordinary
to dwell in earthling dimensions.

As with droplets of dew whose hours are few
our death's not far in the distance.
Thus through the ages the wisest sages
have urged us to prize existence.

To be human born, those illumined warn,
is not to be looked on lightly—
lest we forget, there'll be seas of regret,
unless it is valued rightly.

Could the vast tableaus the cosmos bestows
awaken us to the rareness
of our precious chance to take a true stance
based on enlightened awareness?

Sculpting The Sky
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: inspiration
Inspiration for the poem was from article ~ 'Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 25 Years of Unveiling the Universe', as well as from the writings of Nichiren Daishōnin…

'The nebula [Westerlund 2] reveals a fantasy landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys. The pillars, composed of dense gas and thought to be incubators for new stars, are a few light-years tall and point to the central star cluster. Other dense regions surround the pillars, including reddish-brown filaments of gas and dust… The brilliant stars sculpt the gaseous terrain of the nebula and help create a successive generation of baby stars.'

Image Caption: A star cluster Westerlund 2 in the Milky Way galaxy, with an estimated age of about one or two million years. It contains some of the hottest, brightest, and most massive stars known. The cluster resides inside a stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Bill Cantrell 18 December 2018

This is thus far my favorite poem of yours! ! It’s absolutely beautiful in so many different ways, great inspirations from creations of marvels in measureless skies spark us to seek past celestial mystique to infinite wherefore and whys...I will re-read this again and again..on my favorites! ! Just a perfect poem that only you can write!

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Harley White 19 December 2018

Ah, thank you very much for taking me back to it as well! This was a poem utilizing double rhymes and many flights of fancy, and I am fond of it too. I am truly grateful for the great appreciation you express!

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Jazib Kamalvi 06 April 2017

A wonderful astronomical poem. Thanks

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Harley White 06 April 2017

Thank you for reading it and commenting...

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