Supernova Loses Face


            The Chinese noted an astral event
            in three eighty-six C.E. up above
            of a seeming ‘guest star’ that came and went,
            whose identified residue thereof

            for more than thirty years has been tied with
            a remnant called G eleven point two
            dash zero point three and was allied with
            that happening then, though evidence new

            from Chandra shows it could not have been seen
            by ancient astronomers in the past
            along their known line of sight in between;
            thus its role in the annals was miscast.

            Due to dust and gas clouds in dense supply,
            its status from claim to fame has been bumped,
            too faint to be spotted with naked eye
            back then; so modern archivers are stumped

            as to what might have been that blast bygone
            resulting in this residual ball.
            They’re checking other corpses to try on
            for the chronicled supernova sprawl.

            Still, this image descriptively displayed
            surrounded by vast stelliferous space
            can dazzle us dreamily far away
            as we muse on its hued celestial face.

            A grand sidereal scene on its own
            in assemblage Sagittarius found,
            there’s a star left behind from gases blown
            midst the colorful regions which surround.

            The explosion was certainly frightful,
            though of old not spied in the least degree.
            Nonetheless, research proves quite insightful
            into the properties of its debris.

            Whatever those gazers in China viewed
            as that stellar drama in history
            may remain with bewilderment imbued,
            as an object shrouded in mystery…

            We mortals were born in Goldilocks place
            with a luminous moon and beaming sun.
            Can our species hold on to fortune’s grace,
            or will rampant folly find us undone?

            Many the paths our tomorrows could take
            depending on causal conditions made.
            If only earthlings would somehow awake
            from misguided ways into which they’ve strayed!

            ‘How noble a piece of work is a man!’
            to loosely render, through Hamlet, the Bard.
            But of all other beasts, man alone can,
            in the judgement of Dostoevsky hard,

            be even ‘artistically cruel’.
            Which outlook accords with our real stance?
            Should human nature be deemed as dual?
            Or is there a deeper essence perchance?

            Those who seek to sleuth out the truth within
            may perceive a world of priceless treasure,
            an inner domain, remote from the din,
            beyond the dimensions mind can measure—

            confluent cyclic existence entire,
            realm of tranquility, freedom from fear,
            immanent ever, enlightenment’s fire,
            timeless, eternal, an infinite sphere…

            May sentient beings their efforts engage
            in pursuit of a happiness supreme,
            to enter new age on history’s page
            and arouse themselves from deluded dream!

            ~ Harley White

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Inspiration was derived from the following sources…

Article and image ~ G11.2-0.3: Supernova Ejected from the Pages of History...

A Supernova’s Historical Claim to Fame Vanishes...

A Tour of G11.2-0.3 ~ Chandra video

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable!”

~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel.”

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“This time you must, by all means, dissipate your illusions about the dream of living and dying and cut away the bonds of successive lives and deaths, by returning to the arousal of the original awakening…”

~ Nichiren Daishōnin (1279) ~ Collation of the Layers of the Various Teachings…

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 and info ~ New Chandra data of the supernova remnant G11.2-0.3 raise new questions about the timing of its origin...


Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/NCSU/K.Borkowski et al; Optical: DSS.

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