Tale of a Troubled Galaxy


            Life oftentimes can be fast and furious,
            as dramatized in this cosmic sight
            which piqued the wonder of gazers curious,
            seeking to grasp the star system’s plight.

            Albeit as jellyfish galaxy known
            that spiral within Norma Cluster
            like a puffed dandelion by breezes blown
            is spreading its seeds in the bluster

            while streaking through hot seething gases in space,
            being ‘ram pressure’ stripped as it zooms,
            at a stunningly swift precipitant pace,
            trailing tendrilous filament plumes.

            In the pull of the Great Attractor it’s caught,
            an ‘anomalous’ gravity force
            that is puzzling astronomers who have sought
            its perplexing mysterious source.

            The astounding strength it exerts staggers one’s
            imagination, tugging us all
            with the power of a million billion Suns.
            Will worlds assemble in the long haul?

            But let us not stray from the matter at hand,
            the stelliferous runaway state
            of the violent land on that spiral’s strand
            far-removed from our nebulous fate.

            An abundance of massive stars in its wake
            have emerged in the galaxy’s path;
            thus amidst the destruction these furies make
            there’s a stellar rebirth aftermath…

            Life whizzes by, so it seems, when we’re nearing
            the time we must turn this earthly page.
            Then we might tremble as death is appearing
            to usher us from the pageant’s stage.

            For when all histrionics and revels end
            and our cause and effect takes its sum,
            who can say if we journey beyond that bend
            or what nature of dreams may still come?

            From stardust created, to humankind born,
            with ceaseless troublesome worries fraught,
            in delusion we drift from nighttime to morn,
            caught in desire and misguided thought.

            And yet there’s an utterness realm to astound
            in the phrase Nam Myoho Renge Kyo,
            an enlightenment all-embracing, profound,
            dwelling within wherever we go.

            ~ Harley White


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Inspiration for the poem came from article ~ ESO 137-001: Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy...

Additional info ~ Mystery of The Great Attractor ~ Unknown Force Pulling Our Milky Way Galaxy Towards It With the Force of a Million Billion Suns...

Article with more info and videos ~ Spiral galaxy spills blood and guts...

In addition, 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

Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy

Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC

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