Once in a While

By Harley White posted 04-04-2023 11:23


Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Sahai

Once in a While



Once in a while in cosmic time

like pyrotechnic pantomime

a massive Sol explodes in space

refashioning galactic face

plus dust of interstellar grime.

Such seemingly explosive clime

of luminosity sublime

is seen when we can track the trace

once in a while.

Yet supernova’s midnight chime

we note in reasoned rondeau rhyme

long after it has taken place—

for light must heed its own sweet pace

in Einstein’s constant paradigm—

once in a while.

Once in a while a starry blast

can recreate an astral past

as fireworks in spangled skies

belatedly meet human eyes

to be celestially recast.

Life starts and ends in cosmos vast

with supernovae, first to last,

say visionaries of the whys,

once in a while.

And yet we gaze through ceiling glassed;

regardless of the ‘facts’ amassed

there’s more than we can realize,

for death is not a star’s demise;

to open mind we must hold fast,

once in a while.

Once in a while explosively

star system from its site breaks free

to spread through fan-like spray nouveau

its stellar stuff in outward flow

with building blocks of life’s debris.

This rare event in imagery

reminds that anything could be

within infinity’s tableau

once in a while.

So seldomly a sage may see

a path to true reality,

may question what we think we know

from earthly ways to cosmic show

beyond apparent apogee

once in a while…


~ Harley White


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Stanzas of the poem are in the form of a rondeau (three rondeaus)…

Some sources of inspiration were the following…

Supernova (Wikipedia)…


An Enigmatic Astronomical Explosion ~ info & image…


Explanation: This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows an object — known to astronomers as IRAS 05506+2414 — which is thought to be an example of an explosive event caused by the disruption of a massive young star system. If so, it would only be the second such example known…


Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Sahai