The Universe


              The universe of time and space
              is leading us on merry chase
              as schemes are parleyed to and fro
              in astro-physic quid pro quo
              of scientific relay race.

              We dwell in lilliputian place
              within the heavens’ vast embrace
              unfathomable be it so
              the universe.

              While here we spin in cosmic grace
              with sight that cannot see our face
              beneath a vault of indigo
              in multiverse? ‘big bounce’ yo-yo?
              from ‘Plato’s Cave’ we seek to trace
              the universe.

              ~ Harley White

              < June 17, 2020 >

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The poem is in the form of a rondeau…

Some sources of inspiration were the following…

Multiverse: ~ (in physics and cosmology) a hypothetical reality that includes a possibly infinite number of parallel, identical, or diverse universes, including our own.

Big Bounce ~ theorizes that perhaps the Big Bang was more of a “Big Bounce”, a turning point in an ongoing cycle of contraction and expansion.

Plato’s Cave ~ An allegorical cave, described by Plato, whose inhabitants see reality only in the form of shadows projected onto a wall by a fire behind them.

Allegory of the cave (Wikipedia)…

Info with images ~ Universe (Wikipedia)

Article ~ What if the Universe has no end? - BBC Future

Inspiration also derived from the teachings 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

Image description ~ The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image shows some of the most remote galaxies visible with present technology, each consisting of billions of stars. (Apparent image area about 1/79 that of a full moon)

Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014

Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI),
R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)

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