Sonnet XXXII

The Space Station's Massive Solar Arrays

Sonnet XXXII

The Space Station’s golden solar arrays
squeeze out the last morsel of energy
from each orbit. An instrument surveys
all dosages of power at every
diurnal spin as they revolve around
the planet. Large measures of power will
be sucked into the batteries. Compound
silicon solar cells dominate. Still,
it is the rotary joint that lets
the panels track the sun and seize
the rays. ISS spins until it sets
into shadow. It performs this with ease
just like a geometry, zipping all through
limited plasma fields of cobalt blue.


This comes from @Astro_Ron ‘s (Ron Garan)

This was a difficult sonnet to write in that it contained many engineering concepts. In general, it’s easier to incorporate science into poetry than it is to incorporate engineering.

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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 May 19, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Michael Newlands

    Lovely how you can make my world spin with words.

  2. betweenhearts75

    Incredible and the “engineering” of this Sonnet is so rewarding…love this, such a unique take on poetry… =)

  3. Oh, super cool! This is the pic you asked me to paint. I really should! Tammy, I am deeply impressed (as always) with your Sonnet. I’m amazed at your unique perspectives and way of looking at space. I learn so much!
    My favorite line from this is: “The Space Station’s golden solar arrays
    squeeze the last morsel of energy
    from each orbit”

    • To be honest, if you go to the site above, Ron Garan says,”squeezing the last bit of energy from this orbit.” I changed it a bit to fit the meter and fit the mood of the sonnet. He speaks specifically of that event, I made the sonnet more of a universal event for the function of the solar panels. I needed his perspective to even understand what the picture was about.

      Thanks you so much for your kind comment and support.

  4. This is extremely cool! Well crafted & written!

  5. I can imagine this being read out on discovery science as the animation rotates

  6. Well done. Science sonnets are cool!

  7. nice…you make a bit of science come to life…

    • you know, i am working on a poem with my son for a science project and we came by the other day and read a few of yours….smiles….thought you might appreciate that…happy OLN

  8. You did such a great job making this subject poetic! Wonderfully pieced ~ Rose

  9. Incredible and creative! I think this should be read to students to spark an interest in science and engineering. Nice job!

  10. very well written,Tammy again the last does it for me.”zipping all through limited plasma fields of cobalt blue” Wow.

  11. i just love your galactic poetry tammy..

  12. Like the thought of it setting into a shadow, another great space filled verse.

  13. I love how you entertain, teach, and make us think with each of these sonnets, Tammy. But, beyond that, the talent, skill and joy you demonstrate in each piece, this one included, always blows me away.

  14. cool … clever making even a space stations orbit sound so appealing …thank you for sharing x

  15. Wonderful and inventive and timeless. Thanks!

  16. You did a splendid job incorporating engineering terms into this sonnet

  17. This a wonderful bit of information, cleverly disguised as a quite awesome poem!

  18. I like this: “An instrument surveys
    all dosages of power at every
    diurnal spin as they revolve”

    And the alliteration here:
    “silicon solar cells dominate. Still,”

  19. You make the universe a global village, Tammy, with your creative poetry and engineering of the galaxies.. Thank you 🙂

  20. You did a fine job.. yes, engineering into poetry? not an easy task but you did it quite well..

    much enjoyed your word play..

  21. you stole my mind and brought me into space:)

    lovely write!!! 😉


  22. Nice how you bring such feeling to a piece of technology.

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