Sonnet XXI

The Age of The Exoplanet

Sonnet XXI

Brilliant chromatic belts rotate about
A collection of gas which just beguiles
As it forms in Taurus. There is no doubt
between us are one million billion miles.
The first planetary discovery,
Aside from some proto-typical finds,
Has now been christened TMR-1C
By non-romantic, scientific minds.
This gravitational threat to fly by
Masses, may have rings orbit its big hips.
The giant babe of two bright stars might try
To catch comets on their cyclical trips.
If rocky moons are in its youthful skies,
Then some type of life may some day arise.


I wrote this in 1998, which means I was studying engineering at the time and still living in Seattle.

This is a great Hubble picture of a planet being formed. You can read more about it on:

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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. 9 Comments.

  1. Beautiful words that complete the picture within of this act of creation

  2. I admire sonnets. I think they are the royalty of poetry. This is a particularly good subject which is close to my heart. My husband worked on the Apollo moon shot.

    I should like to hear you read this. As a sonnet, it’s rather strict in all its aspects. It has one glitch, a small and unnecessary one as I read it. I believe your iambic pent would be perfect in line four if you drop the initial “that” which isn’t really needed. There are other places where I would read words as anapests, but spoken with a different accent from my own, I do hear them as iambs.

    The scientific language stands starkly against the poetry of the images it describes making them as potent as the photographs. Elegantly done and well achieved! Thanks so much,

  3. nice…wonderful sonnet…always love your stellar write…think i got a bit of space envy…smiles.

  4. To have chosen the sonnet to paint such images of a subject principally scientific must have been a challenge.

    Congratulations on the outcome. I really liked this piece.


  5. my God!!! to be able to write a poem about such a complicated thing must really need some gr8 talent!!!

  6. I admire both sonnet writers and scientists, so take two bows! 🙂

  7. Very vivid! Nice capturing of history. Love this from start “brilliant chromatic belts” to finish.

  8. You`ve again created a sense of ah.

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