‘Fierce Beauty’ A poem By Jeffery Taylor

Beauty lets us swim in water out of our own depth. — Jack Kornfield

The Southern Cliff¹ in the Lagoon Nebula
is beautiful, five light years high.
Our Solar System could comfortably
nestle at its foot. This stretches my brain.
Encompassing the orbit of Pluto, that other
frozen rock, and further out, the Oort Cloud.
Depths darker than any ocean I’ll ever visit.
These are fierce beauty to be touched
with care, with respect.

The Khatyrka meteorite born a tiny part
of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago.
Bouncing about, collisions creating
quasi-crystals not imagined
until in a 15th century mosque²
and again late last century.

Footnotes/ 1: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110511.html
2: Darb-i Imam shrine, Isfahan, Iran (1453 C.E.), see http://physics.princeton.edu/~steinh/LuSteinhardt2007.pdf

Jeffrey L. Taylor retired in 2001 after 40 years as a Software Engineer. Around 1990, poems started holding his sleep hostage, unexpected for someone who did poorly in English classes. He has been published in di-vêrsé-city, Texas Poetry Calendar, Tejascovido, and the Langdon Review with forthcoming poems in Texas Poetry Assignments and Essential Voices: COVID-19 anthology.

Image of Lagoon nebula (Messier8) courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

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