Sonnet XXXIV

Ancient Supernova Spits Gamma Ray Fire

Sonnet XXXIV

Ionic currents light the nebula.
Most lustrous waves of fury in the sky,
growing remains of a supernova.
Super-charged neutron-star. Pulsar. Whereby,
feint gamma rays in a smoky curtain
flash actively in a magnetized state.
Chemiluminescent radiation
blasting ions at a powerful rate.
The most powerful particle sources,
a luminal heart of a shattered star,
spins and lights up stellar resources
in a dragon galaxy spitting fire.
Across the electromagnetic field,
enormous flares are splendidly revealed.


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I don’t have much to say about this. I liked the picture, and I loved the title, thought it was poetic, so I wrote this sonnet.

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 June 13, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Love how it captures my heart

  2. Ah, always wonderful…

    I read tonight about a 100,000-year-old star that is shooting water from its poles… maybe some inspiration? 🙂

  3. Well-captured cosmic moment!

  4. Seems like the things that ghosts are made of – fascinating. Your sonnet brings a glimpse of understanding to the image – though I had to look up “luminal heart” and “chemiluminescent.” Such magnificent words.

  5. Gee wow always you send me to space not empty or between the bars space outa space up there with the stars but how you then make this romantic sensual a journey yes each time i read any of your works of just vast beauty Your words are like paintings photos wee films lol :*) always wonderful :*) beez x

    • I like your comment. It’s very perceptive. I was accepted into NYU grad film (years ago) by just submitting my photography and poetry. Right now, I really just want to write screenplays. (but because of other things I have to finish, I can’t focus on it yet.) So really, all these things I do to you, come from ummmm…what I am. 🙂

  6. Your piece makes me glad that it’s summer so I can sleep underneath the stars. The cosmic enormity of everything that is overwhelms me. You paint a beautiful picture for my mind’s eye. The dragon brought the stars back to the level of constellations and ancient minds.

  7. You paint such a complete word picture here. Simply beautiful!

    Shape Poems

  8. Lovely science and poetry mixed, which I continue to love. I’ll just keep reading and enjoying!

  9. nice…you bring a bit of the stars to life in your write…and the magic behind them…

  10. I feel like I am swirling in between the stars and galaxy sky… You certainly have a way of bringing the images to life in these delightful poems! Always a pleasure to read something different and refreshing!

  11. Great write enforcing the power of the supernova and the galazy of stars we gaze upon.

  12. No other words,but BEAUTIFUL!! 🙂 Thank you

  13. Very visual language and imagry here…and very hot! I like the interjection of the dragon, of course. Nice!

  14. very,very,cool makes the stars come alive in your mind

  15. Beautiful picture captured well within your sonnet. Peace, Linda

  16. Wow way back in june I read this tune. Err umm verse. The dragon galaxy spitting fire was a great visual.

  17. a dragon galaxy spitting fire.
    Across the electromagnetic field… nice…!! always enjoying your galactic sonnets…and trying hard to say: Chemiluminescent – but my tongue is already totally entangled..smiles

  18. Nice. I knew this was you when I started reading, Tammy!

  19. nice…as usual you really bring th universe alive…love the imagery around the dragon galaxy…also heard that today we got hit with a pretty hard sun burst? yes?

  20. I think this might be my favorite…and you’re right about the image…fantastic! I can see how it would inspire the pen of one who knows of such things. Always fascinating how you poets can make what I detested in school interesting. Perhaps our educational systems should take a lesson?

  21. I like how you include your vase knowledge to your poetry. #Brills

  22. Ancient Supernova… Beautiful!

  23. Love the way you are like the poetic Palomar Observatory, or NASA photo shoot or something. Stars and sonnets dance well together, apparently.

  24. Love your sonnet series

  25. “a luminal heart of a shattered star” LOVE this phrase!

  26. Beautiful words that within a strict form enlarges our sense of the universe, gives us a view of its vastness, shows us the scale of man and his mind, lets us understand his mind’s reach, and the scope of the adventures that lie ahead. Well done!

  27. Read this before and left comment, but certainly will comment briefly again…this is so apt now because of your mention of the dragon, and this is the Year of the Dragon! Nice work!

  28. Wow, this poem was amazing to read aloud! You are amazingly good with sonnets; and I admire your knowledge of this subject.

  29. in a dragon galaxy spitting fire.

    If only my science teacher had been so creative!

  30. You continue to put up tantalizing poems about the mysteries of the universe!

  31. Wow! Very much enjoyed the journey into the universe.

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