Ethereal Egg


             Might it be a pool or wishing well
             with rainbow ripples round it wound
             within an enchanted cosmic dell
             of a fabulous world newfound —

             or perhaps a spacetime passageway
             that tunnels through regions yonder
             to place where poets come out to play
             and dreamers can blithely wander?

             It turns out that what we are seeing
             in Hubble picture resplendent
             is light from a central star fleeing
             through gas and dust zones attendant,

             to generate arcs of brilliant hue
             via filters polarizing
             that render some of the swaths in blue,
             others green or red, comprising

             this image of Egg Nebula shown
             The star at center’s enshrouded
             by layers of particles outflown,
             though dual beams gleam through clouded

             areas, hence illuminating
             a structure of concentric rings
             in fashioned portrait captivating,
             which caused my fancies to take wings.

             Nebula protoplanetary,
             in Swan constellation it lies
             with Cygnus the title primary,
             discernible in northern skies.

             The nucleus stellar that’s dying
             could like chick pecking eggshell seem,
             as it casts away mantles trying
             to change to white dwarf in its scheme.

             Dusty grains that the star’s expelling
             manufactured within its core
             may be future systems foretelling
             from carbon ingredient store…

             Eggs are vessels for many creatures
             existing hither and thither,
             with their multifaceted features,
             some that walk, swim, fly, or slither.

             Yet within this huge earthly array
             of sentient beings great and small
             the myriad flighted birds convey
             humanity’s hopes best of all.

             Numerous authors have been enthused
             to rapturous lyrical heights
             while they followed skyward paths and mused
             on the soaring silvery sights.

             With intricate trills the songs entreat,
             of often spectacular art,
             in lilting tones that can sound so sweet
             as to lift the heaviest heart.

             There are even birds of paradise
             with species exquisite in skills
             of most amazing displays precise
             abounding in colorful thrills.

             But getting back to the Egg on high
             and how it might relate to us,
             a sage with the wisdom to descry
             what’s deep or shallow put it thus

             with simile of being enclosed
             in ignorance like binding shell
             of delusion’s darkness as supposed,
             holding mortals in thralldom’s spell

             till beak of awakening breaks through
             to a view of dimensions vast
             in the sky of reality true
             where we freely can fly at last…

             ~ Harley White


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Some sources of inspiration derived from the following…

Rainbow Image of the Egg Nebula...

Egg Nebula

The Egg Nebula…

Further inspiration derived from the teachings and writings of Nichiren Daishōnin, in particular “Letter to Niike”, by Nichiren Daishōnin (1280)

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

Image explanation ~ The Egg Nebula is located 3, 000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. This image was taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys in September and October 2002.

Egg Nebula

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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