Sonnet IV

Aunt Fruma and Uncle Toli at KSC

Sonnet IV

(The Jupiter Sonnet)

Dense bubbles in the sky are doughnut holes
Embedded in a crucial fluid jamm’d
Into a violet space; electron moles
Are gaseous atoms racing to get slamm’d
Above. Pure shades of higher thought foresee
Endless sweat on faces cast in plasters;
These glowing swirls of cumulus are three
Dimensional portraits of the masters.
Behind a blue wake trails a yellow ball
A sheet of light speeds through the atmosphere.
The clouds which tumble through the frightful squall
Are color tear drops melting from God’s ear.
Tornadoes overwhelm the Great Red Spot.
From here, that planet is a starry dot.


This is my most famous sonnet. Written in 1993, it is on display at Kennedy Space Center, in the art gallery, located in the IMAX building. In the picture above, my Aunt and Uncle (mother’s sister) are in front of the painting by which my sonnet is displayed. Notice the little plaque next to my aunt. That’s it.

Posted on:

The Poetry Pantry Is Now Open! – #73

This website has an interesting animation of the storms on Jupiter. It’s also a good example of classical fluid dynamics.

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on April 26, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. These are all marvelous, thank you!

  2. Wonderful work. 🙂

  3. Hummm I remember that I believe. I was there in 97

  4. A beautiful form and words of the planet. Like these lines:

    The clouds which tumble through the frightful squall
    Are color tear drops melting from God’s ear.

    Thanks for sharing this ~

  5. A definite winner! So neat that it nicely holds a spot in the K.S.C. Art gallery. Truly, well deserved!

  6. Congrats on a winning poem! Wonderful image and feel of that giant Jupiter.

  7. Well deserving of a plaque–the classic form contrasts very effectively with a sharp, informal and modern language, both blended well. I especially liked the tear drop image as well.

  8. That’s a beautiful piece covering the sun, moon space and time. Lovely and fabulous to see it on a wall in such a famous location too. Wonderful!

  9. color tear drops melting from gods ear…doughnut holes…nice blend of imagery in this…really brings a nice visual effect…well played…

  10. Really nice, absolutely love the piece. i definitely see why it gained you accolades, brilliant write, glad I got to read it

  11. Old form meets new science and a fantastic display of the work results! Congrats…color me envious! 🙂 Mind you, the science you speak of is miles above my head (no pun intended!) Thought this a wonderful presentation of the form…but you knew that already…look where it hangs! 🙂

  12. Glad Jupiter is only a starry spot from here. It sounds beautiful but a bit scary closer up. I always look forward to a trip with you into the cosmos, knowing there will be excitement and a safe return journey!

  13. This is wonderful, and I am learning and hoping to absorb some of the tune and form. Thank you

  14. Congratulations on this achievement. I love the color and the images that seem to bring the vastness of outer space into closer focus. Well constructed and illuminating –quite a sonnet. Thank you, Gay

  15. Excellent, love the imagery… well-deserved achievement to have your poem on display there!

  16. A piece well written, engaging – good work… mine is here:

  17. Tammy,your great at what you do!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: