Galactic Embrace

By Harley White posted 09-01-2022 12:31


ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Keel

Galactic Embrace
Five hundred twenty million light-years far
from Earth a meld of galaxies has spread
its multi-arms wide open ‘midst the star
Orion cluster in its wedded thread.
With limbs outstretched, in stellar reach enmeshed,
the astral realms seem grouped in fondness spree,
by constant star formation e’er refreshed,
as if united through affinity.
Mankind’s subsistence may revolve around
embrace of nature’s procreations rife
in cosmic regions or on earthly ground
a wakened sense of reverence for life.
   That human beings be humane is key.
   Could spheres celestial teach us harmony?
~ Harley White
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The poem is in sonnet form…
Some sources of inspiration were the following…
‘The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious and less precious lives. … How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?’
~ Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
 ‘We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.’
 ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
 ‘“Spirit” comes from the Latin word “to breathe.” What we breathe is air, which is certainly matter, however thin. … Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. … The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.’
~ Carl Sagan (1934–1996)
Image and info ~ Hubble Spies a Galactic Gem… 
Image and info ~ Hubble Observes Multi-Armed Galaxy Merger… 
Explanation: The Hubble image shows LEDA 17532, a multi-armed galaxy merger some 520 million light-years away in the constellation of Orion. LEDA 17532 is located approximately 520 million light-years from Earth. Otherwise known as CGCG 396-2 or 2MASX J05373599+0120038, it can be found in the constellation of Orion.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Keel