outer space

So I had a dream a while ago…

While rifling through a stack of papers the other day, I ran across a poem I’d forgotten I’d written.

A few years ago I awoke from a truly magical dream that I had to capture on paper. It spilled out through my fingers as a poem. The dream sparked a novella called “Beyond the Blue” that I’ve been working on as I have the time.

I hope to have this story completed and published in 2019. For now, the following poem is an expression of the sensuous, delicious dream that inspired a book. 

I hope you like the imagery. Thank you for reading.

Enjoy.

The Living and The Eternal

I stand on a sandy beach

Surrounded by revelers, strangers

Congregating on a magic shoreline

The haze of distant firelight

Covers me in misty madness

A man in Hawaiian shirt arrives

Blows smoke toward the waves

And greets me with a smile

Taking my by the elbow, he motions

Toward a rock behind me

A mountain of granite, a wall of stone

We walk on soft sand, our feet

Padding silent as the cosmic strain

Plays itself out across the expanse

And there he sits, mysterious and still

A being from beyond the veil

He waits for me behind the boulder

Sitting beside an eternal flame

The fire of life, the fire of heartbeat

Orange tongues lap the night air

Sparks flying high to touch the heaven

That sits just above my world

Glimmering planets chill the moon

His eyes capture me, in the deepest

Pools of ocean green, I dive

He carries starry visions

In an old fedora filled with

Wonder, of joyful glittery expanses

And brilliant cosmic landscapes

His arms wrap around the heaven

He inhabits, he smiles

Tipping his hat in my direction

He pours this universal garden

Into the crevices of my barren, little world

In a sky heavy with celestial fruit

Planets dangle soft above my head

Ripe for the picking, stars like glitter

Sparkling against black velvet

A purple horizon pushes up

Mountains line the frontier

Between earth and space, he looks up

Above my head, a planet spins, swirling

An orange mist envelops us

Shrouding us in a Saturnian glow

As the two fish meet the bull

Venus dipping into Neptune’s blue waters

Swirling hands in azure depths

Kissing Poseidon’s body, merging energies

Through the glance from one eye

To another, the fullness of love between

The living and the eternal

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M31: Andromeda

Andromeda. Just the word alone evokes a sense of mystery and strangeness.

Imagine, the closest major spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. What resides there? How many of those stars have habitable planets orbiting them, swirling in the spiral arms of our cosmic neighbor?

Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with this galaxy. At one point in my life, I gave strong consideration to changing my name to Andromeda.

Looking back, I’m kind of glad I didn’t do that.

While writing my novel, Velvet, I fell into that sacred space that writers sometimes find themselves in…that space where something outside (or is it inside) of themselves takes over and does the writing:

“I entered my private little space, shut the door and then turned on my computer. The Mac fired up in a matter of seconds and the screen glowed with an image of the Andromeda galaxy.” ~ Velvet Riverstone in the first chapter of my novel Velvet.

Even in my novel, Andromeda makes an appearance.

What is it that keeps me spellbound? (more…)

It’s still a planet to me

This is the very first photo of the former planet, Pluto.

I looked up the distance from Earth to Pluto and must admit, I’m actually a bit speechless. (more…)

Carl Sagan’s Solar Powered Spacecraft

What a fitting honor to a hero of science.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/07/lightsail-test-flight-may-20/

Photo found at universetoday.com

The Laniakea Supercluster

Mind-blowing science. Mind-blowing. This is where we actually live, and this is what humans have been able to decipher about our cosmic home.

Just stunning.

The largest photo ever taken

http://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/wow-nasa

This is mind-blowing.

As if it couldn’t be more beautiful…

Yesterday, I posted a newer image of the famous Eagle Nebula.

Today, I present a near-infrared image of the same outer space object.

Isn’t it interesting how different light produces different images?

I think I’ll sit here for awhile and lose myself in this photo…

Photo credit: NASA

Hubble Goes High-Definition to Revisit Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ | NASA

Hubble Goes High-Definition to Revisit Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ | NASA.

The original image of the Eagle Nebula left me spellbound twenty years ago when it was first released.

This new image of the nebula leaves me speechless.

View and let your imagination soar.

 

Reality

Here is a picture from the Hubble Space Telescope. It is an image of the “ultra deep field” located in the constellation of Fornax. This image is looking back in time to approximately 13 billion years ago.

These galaxies you see are composed of tremendously ancient light.  (more…)

Look up, or rather, look out

The universe surrounds us.

We forget sometimes that we are finite creatures on a tiny speck of a planet, hurtling around an average star on the far-flung arm of a spiral galaxy.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Photo credit: quotestree.com