Beyond the Skyey Vault


           In Ara, the Altar constellation,
           lies what seems an open hatch,
           with sensation of further creation,
           to vivid azure patch

           where rosy clouds drift, like a panoply
           of outer space somersault,
           enshrouded behind cosmic canopy,
           beyond the skyey vault.

           With its glowing wisps of gas outpouring,
           NGC 6326
           resembles another welkin soaring
           in image to transfix.

           From sidereal center binary
           come emissions shown cobalt.
           Blushing billows enhance the finery,
           beyond the skyey vault.

           That portrayal from Hubble’s telescope
           displaying a vision of
           stelliferous universe, in this trope
           reveals a realm above.

           Might it be some mystical masquerade
           of a heavenly gestalt
           with mists breaking through the stygian shade
           beyond the skyey vault?

           A planetary nebula, misnomer that it be,
           does not remain in the firmament permanently.

           Moirai, mutatis mutandis, of stars
           are, as is known to sages,
           transient in time’s everlasting memoirs
           during countless ages.

           Will sentient beings inhabiting space
           forfeit their worlds by default
           from failure to fathom their place of grace
           beyond the skyey vault?

           Entities likewise in Goldilocks zones
           perhaps their options exhaust
           via wars with demonic sticks and stones
           wreaking a holocaust.

           While hominid creatures can be splendid
           if senses are purified,
           humankind’s era could soon be ended
           through its hubristic pride.

           Ara resides close to Milky Way’s heart
           where this red giant has died,
           as everything born must also depart
           in continuous tide…

           From Earth it’s eleven thousand light-years
           whither my reveries flee
           to that wide-open window of the spheres
           with vast unshuttered me—

           an all-embracing utterness surpassing reach of minds,
           deeper than the envelope of esse-self that binds.

           And there in those whereabouts I’d abide,
           great nature’s truth to exalt,
           having entered enlightenment inside,
           beyond the skyey vault.

           ~ Harley White


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Inspiration for poem from article and image ~ A star’s colorful final splash (NGC 6326)…

Another article with image ~ Hubble’s Holiday Nebula ‘Ornament’ (NGC 6326)…

Further information and image ~ NGC 6326, a planetary nebula in Ara

Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō means to devote our lives to and found them on (Nam[u]) the Utterness of the Dharma (Myōhō) [entirety of existence, enlightenment and unenlightenment] permeated by the underlying white lotus flower-like mechanism of the interdependence of cause, concomitancy and effect (Renge) in its whereabouts of the ten [psychological] realms of dharmas [which is every possible psychological wavelength] (Kyō).

The reason that we continually recite Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō

This picture [of planetary nebula NGC 6326] was created from images taken using the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The red light was captured through a filter letting through the glow from hydrogen gas (F658N). The blue glow comes from ionized oxygen and was recorded through a green filter (F502N). The green layer of the image, which shows the stars well, was taken through a broader yellow filter (F555W).

NGC 6326, a planetary nebula in Ara

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

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