Solar Activity Impacts Earth's Magnetic Field


Powerful magnetic forces tangled
in the solar wind, fracture and shatter
then rejoin with vengeance till flares, mangled
and twisted in bits of stellar matter,
pop-off on the solar surface. It’s jazz
played with frenzied brutality. It’s twitching
epileptically toward the poles. Viewed as
dynamic motions, it keeps enriching
catastrophic solar events. The sun
is miasmic. It is a complex beast.
It churns and quivers. It stops for no one.
A ball of hydrogen, to say the least!
Fluids ebb and flow on a disc shaped star,
materials suddenly fling out far.


 The Sun is a seething ball of ionized gas, called plasma, and has very complex magnetic fields that interact with this plasma.  The Solar activity impacts the magnetic fields of the Earth. It also has significant influence on Earth’s weather.

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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 July 13, 2011, in Poetry, Sonnets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. fine poem, amazing photograph…. RT

  2. Its so lovely…. I enjoyed it so much… your lines like
    ‘catastrophic solar events. The sun
    is miasmic. It is a complex beast.’
    were exquisite…
    Thanks for sharing…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay

  3. On 7th july there was a CME and I felt the whole day a strong strong headache pulsing inside my head. I am 25 and I really rarely have headeaches. I think it’s interesting discovering what are actually the effects here.
    I believe that also ice melting on the poles is going to change a lot of things and variables.

  4. Love the language you have chosen in this piece, and again, the image is perfect. Wonderful presentation that was MUCH enjoyed!

  5. cylestialchola

    I don’t normally leave comments on poems, but I truly found this one stunning. “It’s jazz
    played with frenzied brutality.” was by far the line that I found the most expressive of them all. Your skill truly shines throughout this entire work. Kudos!

    • That’s my favorite line too. My friend who is a physicist and mathematician said that you can hear the sun and it sounds like jazz. I sang what I thought it sounded like to him, and he said I was right, but it also had other sounds. I look at the pictures, and I can hear what it must sound like. Here is a website that talks about the sounds. I don’t have anything that can play aiff format. I was trying to convert it, but it crashed my google chrome. Oh well, if I figure out how to convert it, I’ll let you know.

      Thanks for making the comments. Comments are important on blogs for two reasons. a) it stimulates discussion, which is the purpose of the blog in the first place (sometimes, i like the comments on youtube more that the video itself!!) and b) it helps the blogger with their statistics…that is, it makes the blog look more popular and can get the blogger potential “commercials.” So writing comments is a good way to support and appreciate the people who’s work you respect.

  6. The forces of the solar world vividly portrayed in this piece swept me along. Wonders of mother nature detailed by a poet who must be deeply in love with nature. Good scientific art!ng. Wonders of mother nature detailed by a poet who must be deeply in love with nature. Good scientific art!

    • I’m not just in love with nature, I’m in love with science. I’m not just in love with science, I’m in love with technology. And you are right, sonnets are love poems, and these are love poems to science. The art was incredible. Check out the NASA/Goddard’s Solar Dynamics Center’s website that I site in the annotation.

  7. Awesome! I like your ability to carry a rhyme smoothly, even with complex words throughout. I also find the scientific theme refreshing… so many people write about love and/or sadness (including me, I’m just as guilty) but it’s nice to explore other more unusual topics, like outer space and the solar system… as you did here.

  8. Wonderful imagery. I really like the jazz reference.

  9. I always enjoy reading your poems! I appreciate your talent as well as your passion for poetry. Great work!

  10. “rejoin with a vengeance” killer rhymes! I love the way you get accurate science into smoothly flowing poetry.!
    Awesomme Tammy

  11. have to agree and glad to do so with cylestialchola…An expressive work. Loved it

  12. Wonderful, Love The Jazz Line

  13. Beautiful poem Zongrik and thanks for asking me to stop by and check it out…your imagery is great.
    from @LarvK on twitter

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