Get Your Premium Membership

Celestial Cherry Blossoms

The poet Basho, whose name is acclaimed worldwide for haiku esteemed, wrote myriad works for their greatness famed and frequently nature themed. Japan in the sixteen hundreds was where his lyric verses were penned mid trips solitary in open air which continued till his end. An evocative poem he composed has a ‘cherry blossoms cloud’ and ‘gleam in the treetops of blooms’ disclosed, by ‘a moonlit night’ endowed. Such vivid pictures can senses transfix through images that arise, just as with NGC One One Five Six espied in celestial skies. This galaxy looks much like a cherry tree its blossoms showering, but with stellar newborns making merry in the bliss of flowering. Sprightly light from the starlets outward flows meeting with hydrogen gas, which causes those colorful pinkish glows through its interactive pass. Based in Aries, the Ram, Constellation, this galaxy dwarf loner has avoided a merger formation with any neighbor donor. Still, its rotational strangeness and shape suggest that in times of yore perhaps a close brush or narrow escape left its chaos from before. Thus astronomers find it appealing as galaxy to study for the oddness this dwarf is revealing among its bright blooms ruddy. Exposures separate render each hue from varied wavelengths assigned to the captures portrayed through filters two in the Hubble view combined. This posy grouping with nurseries star of many an astral birth is some twenty-five million light-years far away from the Planet Earth. Yet here is where true cherry blossoms grow their fleeting beauty admired in delicate dance of seasonal show, which cosmic captions inspired. And when my creative muses are stirred like petals seized by a breeze, I must follow the inner call that’s heard wherever its path may please. To Basho paraphrase as at the start from a passage he professed: ‘Ere the light things give off dies in the heart, it needs to be first expressed.’ ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * Some sources of poetic inspiration were the following… The great 17th-century Japanese poet Basho wrote, “Before the light that things give off dies in the heart, it must be expressed.” ~ Quotation shown above the AWB AstroPoetry Blog… Hubble Peers at Galactic Cherry Blossoms… The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a beautiful image of the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 1156, one of the best targets to study the isolated dwarf galaxies in the nearby Universe.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 8/3/2019 7:54:00 AM
And you expressed it perfectly, Harley. This is what makes an ordinary person different from a poet or an astronomer. To see beauty is not enough, you need to capture it in a tangible medium. In a sense, beauty is spirit transformed into matter)
Login to Reply
White Avatar
Harley White
Date: 8/3/2019 4:25:00 PM
I'm genuinely pleased that you felt that way about the poem. Thank you!