Sonnet VII

The Black Eye galaxy is seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image released in 2004.

Sonnet VII

“The Dark Mass Theory”

Pluralities of worlds occasionally
Fly steadily through narrow slits of gas.
We scan endless skies periodically,
Yet still we can’t explain how missing mass
Is found. Deterministic randomness
Pervades the structure of the universe;
A slice of space is deem’d homogenous
In density; such logic is perverse.
Flung envelopes of stars become surreal
Compared to the time dilation of the Earth;
Galactic flight around a dark pinwheel
Is slowed by something pulling on its girth.
Though theories seem to change and oscillate,
Reality will always subjugate.


I wrote this in 1993. I found the concept of Dark Matter fascinating.

 National Geographic  can inform you further.

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Thursday Poets’ Rally  (November 3-November 9, 2011) Week 55

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. 27 Comments.

  1. I love sonnet V11 sweet one.
    Thanx for sharing (((❤)))

  2. I admire your poems. I found you/this via srigawntufahr; I am also a writer & poet & fell in love with astronomy many years ago: the wonder of the cosmos; the beauty & mystery of stars & stellar systems. You express this so well. Dark matter: a beautiful expression of ‘the Mystery’. Your photos are also inspirational; I, too am a sometime photographer (though sadly not of the cosmos!)

  3. I travel far and wide in my mind ~ but you have made my universrse infinite ~ thank you

  4. very well written and very cool pic….

  5. I love the sonnet form.. and if the topic is astrology, even more. I like the beautiful yet enigmatic capture of this galaxy.

    • the topic is astronomy, not astrology. Carl Sagan would roll in his grave if he knew you mistook them. 🙂

      (if you wonder what i’m talking about read his book Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)

  6. I always envy you folks that can write a fine sonnet. One form I’ve never been quite able to master. Lovely work!

  7. as every you spin science into poetic magic…really nicely done…bringing the heavens to life…

  8. I have never been fascinated by celestial matters…. until just now…. I think the worlds of science and art just collided to create a supernova! Delightful….

  9. Dark Matter is fascinating still. Absolutely a fresh write, despite it’s date of birth:) It’s nice to see the talent in you has been fermenting for some time- this write is amazing- really love it, thanks so much for posting it

  10. I love physics, in particular astrophysics which is why i enjoy reading your take on the world and the cosmos as you see them. I may tease you from time to time, but some cool stuff being shared by you!

  11. Dark matter, antimatter, what lies within black holes? All these mysteries fascinate me! Even more so in poetic form! Well done…bu you knew that! 😉

  12. Such a wonderful picture and very well written poem I like this very much

  13. Great job with this English Sonnet form (one of my favorites) and the content is stellar.

    enjoyed this very much Tammy.

  14. This is fantastic sonnet, well done my friend ~ Rose

  15. so creative, smiles.

    Thanks for sharing.


  16. Very good! My favorite line “Reality will always subjugate”. So true. Blessings, Terri

  17. “Beam me up Scotty”

  18. great to write about such heavy ( or not ) matter so poetically …thank you for sharing x

  19. Great Poetry with an amazing Imagination
    Great Work of Creativity !! Highly Expressive !!

    Even I’m gonna try creating Sonnets on various topics after reading this one !!

    Anyways, Take a look some of my Poetry Collections …

    some of my Haiku Collections

    and also, on my very recent Work as well

    !!! Happy Rally !!!
    Cheers !!

  20. I’m an ‘arts’ buff but this really got me. Communicated on many levels…that’s the strength of a great poem irrespective of subject matter. Love that it’s a sonnet too…very well done. I’m inspired to write one…maybe soon. You had my attention from the start:

    “Pluralities of worlds occasionally
    Fly steadily through narrow slits of gas.”

    to the end: “reality will always subjugate”

    Such depth.

  21. A fascinating read. Love the last line 🙂

  22. poetic science — interestingly cool! 🙂

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