A Distant Dawn

The empty cupboards of our Universe Are filled with neutral cobwebs of potential; All of them waiting for an opportunity To blaze into life and burn away the haze.   The earliest galaxies glimmered quietly As they waited for the fog to disperse; ­ Trailblazers that reveal hidden lines And show us where to turn … Read more

In Search of New Life

Far into space, amongst the darkest Sea New planets sit like marbles in a row. We turn our eyes to find out what might be And search for patterns in their ether’s flow; Then try to see what else might lie below. And as we probe how life’s rich web was spun, Do they look … Read more

We Are All Made of Stars

13.8 billion years ago the universe EXPLODED into life Cutting through space time like a celestial knife Through butter and Bringing with it every permutation And combination of events that Will ever occur. The remnants of that blast Forgot the heat of their ferocious past, And the tiny particles came together To form elements of … Read more

Written in the Stars

You sit there coarsely oscillating, Calling to us through the ether Beneath a blanket of stars. You swim against the tide, Pass a tent of clouds, And come to rest. Then flicker In to Life.     This is a nonet inspired by recent research, which investigated the peculiar behaviour of the KIC 8462852 star … Read more

Lost Echoes of Some Young Yet Ancient Star

Fast radio bursts come from outer space, We measure them and try to plot their trace; First thought to be some cataclysmic scar, Lost echoes of some young yet ancient star.   A thousandth of a second in their beat, We now know that some of these sounds repeat; Recordings of a powerful pulsar, Lost … Read more

You Were Once a Star

So you were once a star that could not shine; Your mass too low, reactions could not start. A lonely planet, that was your design; There was no fusion in your gaseous heart. But now it seems that you are just a part Of some celestial pattern in the sky. You orbit a true star; … Read more

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