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Cosmic Calling

By Harley White posted 09-03-2021 08:07

  

 
In memory of Bob Eklund, I am again posting my pantoum “Cosmic Calling”.  In our correspondence, he told me the poem was a favorite of his.  So I am presenting it here as an homage to Bob, the creator of the Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) AstroPoetry Blog.  Bob Eklund was my original Stellar Muse and inspiration for my astro-poems.  We also shared many email conversations about poetry and literature which I still miss.  He will always be with me in spirit!
 

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Cosmic Calling
 
 
The cosmos calls us when our day is done
as gazes turn above to starry spheres,
concealed in presence of the sovereign sun,
while once again the dark of night appears.
 
As gazes turn above to starry spheres
where reigning moonbeams serve to light the way
while once again the dark of night appears,
we muse on how what’s passing cannot stay.
 
Where reigning moonbeams serve to light the way,
the twinkling heavens glory in their prime.
We muse on how what’s passing cannot stay,
within a moment of illusive time.
 
The twinkling heavens glory in their prime,
concealed in presence of the sovereign sun,
within a moment of illusive time—
the cosmos calls us when our day is done.
 
 
~ Harley White
 
 
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The poem is a pantoum… A pantoum is a poem in a fixed form, consisting of a varying number of four-line stanzas with lines rhyming alternately; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated to form the first and third lines of the succeeding stanza, with the first and third lines of the first stanza forming the second and fourth of the last stanza, but in reverse order, so that the opening and closing lines of the poem are identical.
 
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Posted on AWB AstroPoetry Blog on Nov 1, 2018 now in the archive …
https://archive.astronomerswithoutborders.org/awb-programs/arts-and-culture/astropoetry/item/cosmic-calling.html
 
 



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