Celestial Angel

Dec 25
2018
by Harley White

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An angel we have seen on high
sweetly watching o’er the skies,
guardian spirit, floating nigh
where the swan-like Cygnus lies.

Bright above it, starlight’s shining.
Dark the cloud beneath its glow.
What the tidings it’s divining,
be they gladsome, full of woe?

About two thousand light-years far
that nebula emission,
where budding astral newborns are
which bloom into fruition,

labeled S One O Six in brief,
has assumed an hourglass guise
shown in this cosmic leitmotif
as heavenly being wise.

Some sense an epic narrative
of verse macaronic toned
with golden rule imperative
that’s for centuries been honed.

Bluish wings like those in snowscape
fashioned on the winter ground
mimic figure in Van Gogh-scape,
after Rembrandt model, crowned,

blown from winds at center stellar
into that iconic shape
for a yuletide storyteller
to leave listeners agape.

Hot gas in ripples and ridges
with cooler milieu combines
as bipolar jetted bridges
sculpt the ethereal lines.

A frenzy of fervid motion
belies its facade serene
like turbulence on an ocean
in seemingly placid scene.

Man has blundered from war to war
blind to future, deaf to past
seeking deities to implore
somewhere midst the cosmos vast.

In these distempered times we know—
as did Sappho long ago
invoke a goddess, from below—
when fortune’s winds falsely blow

let’s urge that angel visitant—
Venus in her ageless rhyme—
to come in pity vigilant,
a needful presence sublime,

thus to animate stargazers
regardless of the season
to be inner space trailblazers
through cause, effect, and reason,

plus to tap the enlightened state
from where true wisdom’s springing,
creating beatific fate,
limned in that angel winging.

Then shall grand sidereal choirs
serenade in countless throngs
caroling forth our hearts’ desires
with a jubilee of songs

and help awaken hope’s rebirth
for everlasting peace on earth!

~ Harley White

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Previously posted on the AWB AstroPoetry Blog in December, 2017…
https://astronomerswithoutborders.org/awb-programs/arts-and-culture/astropoetry/item/celestial-angel.html?fbclid=IwAR2cxOl-BxJE4dytYL_9h-j5ypCGkahnlAEvfc9fIT_tbEhnxZh0fgKHAk0 

Inspiration was derived from image and article, “Celestial ‘Snow Angel’ Dazzles in Hubble Telescope Photo” ~ December 15, 2011…
https://www.space.com/13943-celestial-snow-angel-photo-hubble-telescope.html 

Also additional sources such as, “Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel”
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/snow-angel.html 

“Sharpless 2-106” ~ Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh2-106

Also, “Celestial Snow Angel 3D: Star-forming Region Sharpless 2-106 ~ to watch in 3D”…
http://hubblesite.org/video/19/science

Some poetic inspiration was derived from the Christmas carol “Angels We Have Heard on High”…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_We_Have_Heard_on_High

Also, “Head of an Angel, after Rembrandt” ~ Vincent van Gogh ~ 1889…
https://www.wikiart.org/en/vincent-van-gogh/head-of-an-angel-after-rembrandt-1889

Additional info ~ Copies by Vincent van Gogh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copies_by_Vincent_van_Gogh

“Half Figure of an Angel (after Rembrandt)” ~by Vincent van Gogh ~1889
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_-_Halbfigur_eines_Engels_(nach_Rembrandt).jpeg

“A Hymn to Venus [Aphrodite]” ~ poem by Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC) ~ translation by Ambrose Philips…
http://www.thehypertexts.com/Sappho%20Translations.htm

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Image downloaded here…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh2-106#/media/File:Sharpless_2-106.jpg

[This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Sh 2-106, or S106 for short. This is a compact star forming region in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan). The image was released on Dec. 15, 2011.]

Image Credit: NASA/ESA 

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