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The Earth Abides

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Gamma Ray Burst Footprint Nebula
Heart and Soul Nebulae Hand of God Nebula


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The Earth Abides

Beyond the Heart, beyond the Hand of God
Beyond the Soul, beyond the Tucanae
Far beyond the Footprint, something odd
A star spun in a spiral death ballet

Ten mega-years of satisfying balance, 
Agleam pale sapphire orb of hungry heart 
Within whose core, consumption vied with valence,
Then dearth of flame, in doom was rent apart

Energies of which galaxies must tremble
Up and down and strange, three quarks demand
Degenerate, that coherent beams assemble
To collapse and accretion disk expand

At once a coruscating pulse of might 
Forlorn of solace Gamma’s focused ray— 
A faint blue dot stood lonely in the night 
Ignobly vexed on tragic final day 

Photonic interactions deeply bite
In distance squared proportional inverse
Bathed silver in aurora bluish-white
Mere minutes to expunge Pandora's curse

Still fair the fields, and forests still stand tall
Still swimming beings deep in ocean's lair
Things still slither, scuttle, creep and crawl
But nothing walks or soars high in the air

Unfouled the nest, the storms abate their cause
In purest air, all climate change subsides
Where hubris reigned, disquietude withdraws
In peace at last again, the Earth abides

By Roy Jerden and Mark Peterson
January 29, 2014

The poem depicts a Gamma Ray Burst from a hypernova 
striking the Earth and extinguishing all mammal and bird
life, which are the types most sensitive to radiation. Note 
that gamma rays, like x-rays, leave no residual radiation.
Click on "About this poem" above the title to see an
image of a GRB event and images of most of the nebulae 
listed in the first stanza.

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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 2:26:00 AM
    A really divine work this is! Congrats! Regards, Teddy.

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 6:34:00 PM
    Way to go with a great winning work..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 3:36:00 PM
    Yay Roy! So glad to see this high on the list. Outstanding work by both of you.

  1. Date: 1/31/2014 9:14:00 AM
    Who is the co-Author? This is a brilliant piece of writing. The pictures are amazing.

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 1/31/2014 9:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I had to mask the names for a contest, but the judge can't see comments. It's Mark Peterson. Thanks from both of us.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 5:20:00 PM
    A wonderful poem that interfuses both your styles conveying kindred spirits in a blending of bright lights, while neither outshines the other. "A star spun in a spiral death ballet". Just magical!

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Connie. I have added some notes and pictures of most of the deep space objects listed in the first stanza. Take a peek if you wish by clicking on "About this poem" at the top. Cheers, Roy