North of the Himalayas Taken April 21 2011 from ISS


A giant wedge, forced up on a summit.
The melted rock on crumbled mountain tops.
The nuggets of silvery snow sunlit
on the landscape. The inverted planet drops
off in a land of ribcage hill torrents.
Expiring geophysical breaths
dissipate in thin air. An act warrants
a vaporized battle to ensue. Deaths
of sediments squeeze onto plates. Trivia
tells that magnetic deposits today,
are charged by Earth’s fields. Here, where India
and Asia crashed, crust was carried away.
Since much is veiled, this view only reports
mountains with crowns of luminescent quartz.


This shot was posted by @Astro_Ron on Earthday of 2011.  Ron Garan is a New Yorker, like me. He flew F-16’s as a test pilot, in USAF, around the time I was a test engineer for at the 416th at Edwards, yet I never met him. : (

You can read more about him

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The Poetry Pantry Is Now Open! – #79

His organization is Fragile Oasis  and he’s also on facebook.

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 29, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Nice to meet you, Bat-Ami. I am Joanee. Living in Woodstock, NY!!

  2. Wow very crushing piece, as in slamming together, great verse.

  3. why couldnt you teach me science…great use of words to set the tone…ribcage…battle…nice…

  4. I do not know what to say, but I do know what to share:

  5. Your “trips” , photos and words….always filled with wonder!

  6. I love the ribcage hill torrents–the whole thing. I’ve traveled in the Himalayas and you capture that press of land and bulge and sharp sharp point wonderfully.

  7. your opening lines are excellent and so vivid your description well done

  8. love it,
    very inspiring piece.

  9. Great words and pic too!”The inverted planet drops off in a land of ribcage hill torrents”some where I wouldn`t what to be discriptive.

  10. Your words are powerful!
    Sorry that I’m a bit late in returning the visit. Life didn’t give me a breather last week. Btw, I admire the fact that you write sonnets. Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to try one!

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