Astrophotographer Seeks Stellar Bodies

The Beginning Is Near

Astrophotographer Seeks Stellar Bodies

bodies to the astrophotographer
might make you crazy
but makes him slightly more sane

an invincible universe
powered by amoeboid quanta
a challenge to undo

space from the wall of death
seen through cadaverous eyes
and high nose to sniff out subtitles

he looks out for his chances
on that carousel ride to nowhere
confusing painted animals and gods

some seek mountains to climb
others pursue galaxies to conquer
they run rings around the planets

they turn on the metaphysical countertop
clearly, effectively, always sustainably
communication tries, people don’t succeed


Written by Request of Roger Weiss a facebook space pal. He liked the picture, asked for a poem, don’t know what the credits are for the picture.

Posted on:

One Single Impression – Prompt 202: invincible

Also posted on:

A is for…

Also posted for Out of this world promt:

Where in the World?

Photo credit:  Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2012 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please.

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 January 13, 2012, in ABC wednesday, D’verse Poets Pub, One Single Impression, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Very nice…enjoyable. The title made me think of the newspaper mentioning new stars or moons…can’t remember which…but bet you do ☺. Space is so interesting to me… I wish it had been more so when I was younger.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. Loking first at the image I thought it would be difficult to follow, but in my book you surpassed it.

  3. great pic and write too.

  4. What a GREAT concept Love poem and picture.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. why am i not at all surprised that you’re going space with this..smiles..esp. loved the running rings around the planets..nice..

  6. Cool image, and an even cooler poem. Love what you do!

  7. perfect, a little bit of a travel for the mind.

  8. i knew this one would be right up your alley…smiles….some fun play in this…i wonder if our next phase will be the conquering of galaxies you know…space from the wal of death, that stanza def brings and edge to this one….

  9. Had a feeling this would suit you right down to the ….cosmos LOL
    Wonderful read Tammy!

  10. You captured thatbthirst for other worlds, other realities perfectly. I like the description you give of the astrophotographer finding sanity where others might go insane. In many ways, that idea of reaching psychological limits is attached to the thought about aliens. Would their presence, justbthe fact thatbthey could exist drive people nuts? Perhaps that is what you mean by the countertop at the end; that is, the human propensity to turn the alien ir different into what is alredy known.

  11. rosemary mint

    This is my favorite:

    “an invincible universe
    powered by amoeboid quanta
    a challenge to undo”

  12. hobgoblin2011

    Very cool. So many really good lines in here, the confusing painted animals and gods, has to be my favorite though, such a good piece here. Thanks

  13. an invincible universe
    powered by amoeboid quanta
    a challenge to undo

    This alone would have made me a convert.

  14. Cool picture ~

    I specially like:

    an invincible universe
    powered by amoeboid quanta
    a challenge to undo

    of course, this is right up your world ~

  15. I surely hope this doesn’t represent OUR world! Frightening.

  16. Loved what you did with the picture prompt…you wrapped it up perfectly with your last line.

  17. I really like this… the picture adds to the piece.

  18. It’s a twist to the ‘end is nigh’ You’ve combined it with your verse in such a beautiful way, Tammy!


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