Sonnet XXXI

Oddly Off-Kilter NGC 2442

Sonnet XXXI

Even a galaxy may be off kilter ―
not shaped like a pristine bilateral
spiral. Light streaks outward through a filter,
it seems, when snatched by a collateral
body. Free-floating hydrogen was drawn
into tangible streamer vanes of gas;
dust yanked like taffy, with endless brawn,
from the main arm. Clusters of stars surpass
a single bright light in beauty, but can’t
match up to a more exquisite rival,
like Andromeda or Whirlpool; the scant
are ripped by those larger and more frightful.
Cosmic layouts shaped like feathers and tails:
mind-numbing forces, energies and scales.


This comes from “The delicate aftermath of cosmic violence” , on @badastronomer’s Discover Magazine blog.

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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 May 12, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets, The Gooseberry Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. betweenhearts75

    Really COOL, I love the wordplay in this!!!! =))) Such talent!!

  2. I enjoy the skill and accuracy of your words.
    “Free-floating hydrogen was drawn
    into tangible streamer vanes of gas;
    dust yanked like taffy, with endless brawn,
    from the main arm.” love that description!
    And this one “Cosmic layouts shaped like feathers and tails:” awesome. I love the mix of poetry & science.
    mind-numbing forces, energies and scales.

  3. Thanks. I get some of the phrases from @badastronomer, directly from his blog. I have to give him credit when and where it is due.

  4. Love it, nice to see science in poetry.

  5. I really LUV your poetry… the words not only speak to the reader, but blend harmoniously with the artwork you’ve chosen! I’m a fan 4 sure!!!

  6. WritingInRain

    Great Wordplay!

  7. Thank you for sharing this with me, I found it excellent, I congratulate you!! ttsnoopy

  8. I do like this poem.

  9. A marvelous poetic flight into celestial pondering, including fine wordplay that to me seems balanced by several layers of suggestion.

  10. Magnificent! You truly have a gift with Sonnets. I loved these stand-out lines: “Clusters of stars surpass
    a single bright light in beauty, but can’t
    match up to a more exquisite rival”

    Reading your Sonnets are a pleasure!

  11. Love your poetry,It strikes a chord within.

    Regards j.

  12. amazing space pondering.

  13. This was beautifully done. great depth, in keeping with the enigmatic universe.

  14. very deep and thought provoking.


  15. Zongrik,

    This is magical! I’m enthused. I’m so glad to have found your blog.

    And I just have to gush about your being an aerospace engineer. Bravo! 🙂


  16. wonderfully beautiful.


  17. not onlt is this a great sonnet but i can`t help looking and looking at the pic.very good,Tammy

  18. nice….you know i love space…and even they can be off kilter…yes, and us too…magical as ever ma’am…smiles….

  19. What a perfect example of the form–and though it’s about a scientific concept, its rich in language and allusion. I think the stars in question look a bit like a cobra, coiled to strike.

  20. Wow, a galactic sonnet, no less! – I am impressed yet again by your poetic ability.

  21. Very deep. Is there any other subject than love and misery? ( Being witty here ) LOL

  22. Hats off to your superbly crafted sonnet

  23. gorgeous– the poetry science has poured through you! I especially love: dust yanked like taffy, with endless brawn,
    from the main arm. xxxj i’m at the other blog, as you know. xxxj

  24. Cool write. The use of casual everyday “soft” things like taffy and streamers when in actual fact these are strongest forces in the universe at work, yet at a distant, one observes the gracefulness and seemingly gentle elegant movements. A thing of wonder and awe.

  25. Tammy, you’re poetry is often like exotic glassblowing image-objects filled with color, taking unusual form .. this is sheer beauty!

  26. As an amateur astronomer, I relate closely to your observations. Your metaphors are unique and so fitting. Well written beauty

  27. This is seriously beautiful. I admire how you’ve flexed within the sonnet structure, wrapped lines around it, surprised with every rhyme (rival-frightful!).

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