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Kingfisher Galaxy Alcyoneus

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Galaxies abound.
The universe expanding.
With no seeming end.
And a new discovery.
Of the largest universe.

A new galaxy observed.
By astronomers.
A hundred fifty three times.
The size of our Milky Way.

This new galaxy.
Three billion light years far.
Far away from Earth.
A radio galaxy.
With massive jets and with lobes.

In this galaxy.
These massive jets and their lobes.
Have at their center.
A giant super black hole.
That is radio active.

At huge distances.
Traveling at the speed of light.
Emit radio waves.
Detected by our “LOFAR.”
Low frequency antennas.

Guarded by a cosmic web.
Is self-protected.
Its web exceeds our sun’s mass.
Two hundred billion times.

Is a monster galaxy.
“Starburst” galaxy.
Ancestor of galaxies.
Like that of our Milky Way.

Forming rapid stars.
Birthing them with massive growth.
With dense galaxies.
Thousand times that of our own.
Creating all our new stars.

Galaxies evolve.
And burn through cosmic gases.
To create new stars.
Some becoming “red and dead.”
Common to our universe.

The quest to learn more.
Can provide useful answers.
About galaxies.
How these galaxies evolved.
Including our Milky Way.

The “new” galaxy.
Has an interesting story.
A Greek back story.
Connected to Heracles.
Greatest of the Greek heroes.

Of Greek origin.
The name Alcyoneus.
Is legendary.
A Greek Kingfisher hero.
Who fought against Athene.

Opponent of Heracles.
Was an immortal.
Struck down in war, he survived.
And thus became a hero.

A mythic hero.
As a giant galaxy.
Looming large again.
Fallen once, still now rising.
Posing mighty in the sky.

About this poem

Astronomy is an old science that has its nomenclature derived from tradition and history, particularly that of Greek and Roman mythology. It should not be surprising, then, to discover that galaxies, which are gravitationally bound systems of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter, are traditionally given Greek or Roman appellation. This newly discovered galaxy, bearing the Greek name of “Alcyoneus,” is no exception to that “rule.” The last three stanzas of this poem place the composition and its message within a Greek mythological framework concerning the mythical kingfisher hero, Alcyoneus, hence the title of the poem, “Kingfisher Galaxy Alcyoneus.  

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Written on February 22, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 22, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxbc Cxdef bxxbg bgxxx hxxbh Cxxxe Cbbif jxikj xhjxc xdixf bbbcx xcblk Ccxxl lbxax
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,642
Words 347
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • kenya_s
    Wow, I really loved reading this. Makes me want to gaze at the stars!
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