Sonnet XXXV

Newly Discovered Supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy

Sonnet XXXV

A superstar stellar celebrity
has appeared in the evening sky. Among
the worldwide observing community,
no one ever saw a starburst this young.
The inner clockwork of this titanic
event, was ranked as a universal
episode of intensity. Cosmic
explosions were seen by professional
digital astroimagers. They prepared
very large aperture telescopes,
then witnessed what the precursor star dared
to do before bursting. Everyone hopes
to glimpse the event with reinforced eyes:
that brilliant whirlpool that lives in dark skies.


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Open Link Night ~ Week 34

This is a hubble space telescope picture. It’s just gorgeous.

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 17, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Fascinating, and truly inspiring.

  2. I loved this line:

    “no one ever saw a starburst this young”

    I’m always amazed by your talented use of imagery. Your sonnets are incredible!

  3. The anticipation of an aspiring artist of any kind transcending aspiration into actual becoming leaps to mind quite vividly in reading this. Then again, not hard to attribute a celestial event to any life-changing human experience. We all originated as stars, afterall. Strange to think thats all we want to become now as human beings. Heh! Beautiful as always darlin! <3333

  4. an amazing picture and such moving words to describe it.

  5. Nice rhyming flow once more at your show. A great whirlwind in the sky, described with your words making it seem close by.

  6. Great piece. I especially love that first line!

  7. wow, it is gorgeous. and i love the tongue tripping lines all throughout this, very lyrical.

  8. Beautiful and rich, lyrical and reflects the wonders of the sky

  9. that brilliant whirlpool that lives in dark skies….ah…there’s beauty beyond what we can imagine…would love to see more of it..

  10. Love the intensity of it, swirling words, your unique verse with universe. Beautiful!

  11. Space is truly a wonder isn’t it, and, the pictures they can get now are amazing. I too loved that line about no-one ever seeing a starburst so young. Fabulous written imagery to go with the photograph.

  12. I was using thermals in a poetic way not as in exact science but, I take your point 🙂

  13. I like this!


    Mark Butkus

  14. absolutely many wonders to our universe….so much still to explore and see for the first time…

  15. Nice to read the poem of one who finds the stars so inspiring. Beautiful writing.

  16. Everyone hopes
    to glimpse the event with reinforced eyes:
    that brilliant whirlpool that lives in dark skies.

    Loved this ending. And it could be a metaphor for many things–just a lovely write!

  17. hobgoblin2011

    pretty cool piece. I enjoy your work very much when you’re using astronomy as both the center of the piece itself as well as using it as a metaphor. Very nice piece here. Thanks

  18. This creates an interesting effect – flat, plain scientific description rounded out with rhyme and fit into fourteen lines. I like it.

  19. Another stellar marquee….lovely, Tammy!

  20. Now that’s a celebrity we can all applaud. Gorgeous photo, and isn’t the Hubble a wonder? You caught the newness of the event while celebrating a pastime as old as humanity: Stargazing. Admirable. Amy Barlow Liberatore

  21. It’s so hard to weave science and poetry together, but you’ve done that with aplomb here. Poetical astrophysics, who’d have thought it possible? Bravo!

  22. Love this poem. Since a very early age the sky has always fascinated me. Beautiful write.

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