Starburst Celebration


            In eighteen eighty-seven was found
            by astronomer Lewis Swift
            a seeming nebula to astound
            with guise of glowing cloud adrift.

            From Earth more than two million light-years
            later studies showed it to be
            a small ‘starburst’ type, so it appears,
            of irregular galaxy.

            Hubble suspected this could be a
            part of what’s called the Local Group.
            IC 10 in Cassiopeia
            now is listed within that troop.

            Lying quite near the Milky Way’s plane,
            the interstellar matter dimmed
            most x-ray sources under its reign,
            which Chandra’s composite has limned.

            Bill Snyder helped with illustration,
            an amateur astronomer,
            from his Heavens Mirror location,
            hence credits bear his moniker.

            With great and fast astral formation
            its evolution’s dramatic.
            An outcome of waves gravitation
            would make scientists ecstatic!

            Starburst is also name for flower
            resembling the one in the sky
            since its blooms erupt in a shower
            of shooting shrubs that catch the eye.

            Myriad marvels endlessly come
            from Nature’s abundant array,
            like raspberry flavor, scent of rum
            at the middle of Milky Way.

            Off into fantasy I am led
            to saunter on poesy lane
            where’er the lyrical footsteps thread
            around my gossamer domain…

            Over its strings the cosmos musing
            strums a stellar symphonic strain
            with ineffable art infusing
            a celestial tonal refrain

            that builds a bridge of wandering themes
            to life’s auroral flushes faint
            along wavering vistas of dreams
            imbued with ethereal paint,

            plus sounding depths of holey sockets
            where dimensions are out of joint,
            only to plunge in spacetime pockets
            thus to fiddle with counterpoint.

            Then cymbals crash in starburst thunder
            as a fireworks celebration
            brimming with stelliferous wonder,
            virtuosic in creation

            via infinity’s discernment.—
            Meanwhile sentient beings mortal
            ere they meet their earthly adjournment
            still are seeking wisdom’s portal.—

            Blackhole mergers could be occurring
            inside galaxy IC 10
            or neutron star boundaries blurring
            with collapses beyond our ken.

            The starburst nature is but a phase
            in a galaxy’s unfolding.
            Might mankind’s sight yet develop gaze
            enlightened in its beholding?

            Will humans their senses purify
            to discover treasures within,
            resplendent as stars that shine on high,
            and deeper awareness begin?

            Let us undertake the endeavor
            of revealing true causal flow,
            through utterness that lasts forever,
            based on Nam Myoho Renge Kyo…

            ~ Harley White

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Inspiration derived from article and image IC 10: A Starburst Galaxy with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves...

Information about IC 10…...

Some poetic inspiration and paraphrasings from Prolog to Part First of The Vision of Sir Launfal (1848) ~ by James Russell Lowell…

Galaxy’s center tastes of raspberries and smells of rum, say astronomers...

Further inspiration derived from the teachings and writings of Nichiren Daishōnin…

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

IC 10: A Starburst Galaxy with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves ~ with image and video A Quick Look at IC 10...

Image data ~ This new composite image of IC 10 combines X-ray data from Chandra (blue) with an optical image (red, green, blue) taken by amateur astronomer Bill Snyder from the Heavens Mirror Observatory in Sierra Nevada, California. The X-ray sources detected by Chandra appear as a darker blue than the stars detected in optical light. Color Code ~ X-ray (Blue); Optical (Red, Green, Blue)…

image of IC 10

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UMass Lowell/S.Laycock et al. Optical: Bill Snyder Astrophotography

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