Tugging Triplet Galaxies


              Far from terrestrial fighting and fears
              by Hubble spied in Lynx constellation,
              over seven hundred million light-years
              beyond our orbit of habitation,

              a scene from theatrical cosmic play
              appears to be showing on giant stage
              of triple galactic tug-of-war fray
              where great gravitational wills engage.

              The system UGC Four Six Five Three
              in Atlas of those ‘peculiar’ is filed
              with galaxies ‘weirder, wondrous’ to see
              by Halton Arp astro-watcher compiled.

              This topical stargazer, unconvinced
              along with some others that redshifts meant
              Big Bang cosmological was evinced,
              proposed conversely they might represent

              a redshift intrinsic of universe,
              and not its expanding incessantly
              as posited for how space could disperse
              when curtain would close on stellar esprit,

              thus bucking the trend of astronomy
              these days in supposed conventional fact,
              a thinker perhaps of autonomy
              in matters involving notions abstract.

              The imaged system was visualized
              through various optical filters four
              in which chosen colors diverse comprised
              this portrait construed as a ‘tug-of-war’.

              Or is that an anthropomorphic view
              for gatherings merely interacting
              free from sidereal hullabaloo
              while seeking sundry forms of attracting?

              There are places natural where it seems
              self-interests tend to cooperate
              among plants and creatures in earthly schemes,
              though lately that’s hardly our species’ trait.

              The ancient Greek poet Hesiod wrote
              a myth of Pandora which resonates
              as yet in these times as an anecdote
              to illustrate our own harrowing fates.

              When Evils emerged in numberless flocks
              did Hope stay imprisoned within the jar
              (which textual fault turned into a box),
              or should we keep wishing upon a star?

              Surreal scenarios leap to mind
              that find my turbulent senses aghast.
              Has humankind left common sense behind?
              What future might come from our heedless past?

              But I’ve allowed my focus to wander
              ‘mongst themes that zigzag hither and yonder,
              so let me try my lines not to squander
              lest I get lost in musings to ponder.

              Wherewith shall end this erratic lyric
              from galaxies starting to then digress
              in amidst matters nonstratospheric?
              ‘Twould seem a task futile, nevertheless,

              all is linked through interdependencies,
              somehow, in some way, by cause and effect
              deeper than mind’s deluded tendencies,
              far more encompassing than we reflect.

              ‘How noble in reason humans could be,’
              to cite Shakespeare’s Hamlet in my retake,
              ‘and infinite also in faculty,’
              if only to true awareness we’d wake!

              ~ Harley White

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Some sources of inspiration were the following…

Quote from ‘Hamlet, by William Shakespeare: What a piece of work is a man (Wikipedia)…

Pandora’s box (Wikipedia)…

Info and image ~ Hubble Spots Squabbling Galactic Siblings

Inspiration was also 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

Image explanation ~ A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. This system – known as Arp 195 – is featured in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, a list which showcases some of the weirder and more wonderful galaxies in the universe.

Little Cosmic Gem

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton

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