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Starry Remainders

Remains of stars adorn the sky with nebulae aglow on high in stunning patterns that romance the wondering stargazer’s glance or simply senses mystify. While stellar orbs are born and die, do heavens strum a lullaby as all around the cosmos dance remains of stars? Might there be heard celestial sigh when Man seems deaf to wisdom’s cry and Mother Nature looks askance? Will humans waken from their trance? For in our earthly beings lie remains of stars. ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * “We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.” ~ Carl Sagan, Cosmos The poem is a rondeau ~ a short poem of fixed form, consisting of 13 lines (plus the phrase twice) on two rhymes and having the opening words or phrase used in two places as an unrhymed refrain. A planetary nebula is an expanding cloud of gas ejected from a star that is nearing the end of its life. The nebula glows because of ultraviolet radiation from the hot remnant star at its center. In only a few thousand years the nebula will dissipate into space. The central star will then gradually cool down, eventually becoming a white dwarf, the final stage of evolution for nearly all stars.

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Date: 5/20/2019 9:49:00 AM
Brilliant and fav. In the poets like you remains of stars definitely lie.
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Harley White
Date: 5/21/2019 6:18:00 AM
I’m pleased that you find it so! Of course, we are all stardust, so to speak…
Date: 7/17/2018 1:06:00 PM
What a wonderful way to learn about astronomy,to read your work Harley.Thanks also for the tip about a Rondeau poem.
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Harley White
Date: 7/17/2018 4:11:00 PM
You are very welcome, Sylvia! I’m glad you liked it! As I said in another comment, a lot of my astro-poems wiith images are on Poem Hunter and also on the Astronomers Without Borders AWB AstroPoetry Blog.
Date: 3/21/2018 12:10:00 PM
Wonderful!
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Harley White
Date: 3/21/2018 12:41:00 PM
Thank you very much!