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MAGNETISM OF THE UNIVERSE (4-7-17)

 

Virginids a week early

Or April’s Sigma Leonids?

Lift my eyes

To the skies

And there they explode

Into the darkness

Bits and pieces

Winding their way down

Into my net of stars

Floating atop my

Cauldron of warmth

Capturing the space debris

A gift for me

A wish

Whatever I fancy

Will appear within the year…

 

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Virginids Meteor Shower, Ad Astra La Palma

 

PERIHELION (January 4, 2017)

 

Earth closest to the sun in winter

Tropic of Capricorn

Tossing out snow

Earth farthest from the sun in summer

Tropic of Cancer

Feels like a lava flow

All in the tilt

Tilted away, the sun chases

Demanding Earth not turn her back

Tilted toward, the sun ignores

Spurning her approaching track

Interesting how you,

Like the sun,

Reject me when I’m sirening

Yet desire me

On those days

I choose to be apart

And hide my heart

 

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

Image:NASA, Information: Bruce McClure, EarthSky

PROVOCATION

 

Hints tossed into the air

Where they land, you don’t care

You challenge me

Flinging your metal gauntlet

Floating, no gravity

Where is the anchor

Of sincerity

Meaningless sarcasm

Empty invitation

Ego an exploding

Bubble of noxious gas

If I accept

You can claim

My misunderstanding

Of your words

Silent in the void

Of space

Where all promises die

In an airless universe

Folding upon itself

Stop issuing meaningless demands

A source of intellectual enjoyment to you

But just another lie echoing

Garbled in space

Strangling my heart…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: cold space/dailywallpaper.com

MERCURY

 

(scroll down for YouTube video)

 

New wordplay

On a Mercury Retrograde day

Freddie Mercury

Now the eponymous owner

Of an asteroid

Named by his lead guitarist

Turned Astrophysicist

Brian May

 

Who among us crazy music lovers

Didn’t at one time

Howl out:  Scaramouch, Scaramouch

Can you do the fandango

While driving caffeinated

Through dark dawns

Music momentarily transforming us

Into Superman

Before arriving at work to

Become meek and mild Clark Kent

 

What good news

At a time when Mercury whirls backwards

Tripping up communications and travel

I’m sure I saw the asteroid last night

Peering into a sky of delight

It is our turn to rock you, Freddie

We will…we will…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

YouTube video https://youtu.be/fJ9rUzIMcZQ Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody)

 

http://www.space.com/33981-asteroid-named-for-rock-star-freddie-mercury.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=socialfbspc&cmpid=social_spc_514630

 

 

 

EYES DRINKING YOU

 

Way down low

On the Southern horizon

According to my handy planisphere

Appears the Teapot

Eight-star “asterism”

Meaning a group of stars

Too big to be a cluster

Too small to be a constellation

Sagittarius, that mighty centaur

Traveling with his own kettle

 

Stumbling out at midnight

My infamous pack of hounds

Howling at the moon

My neighbors forced to open doors

Allowing their better-trained dogs

To join the joyful song

 

Groggy from sleep

I gaze at the teapot

Beautifully visible

Without my myopia-cursed glasses

I crave some Russian Caravan tea

Smoky from bamboo

Full of caffeine

 

Then imagine Scorpius

Swinging stinging tail

Watching Capricornus and Aquarius

Surrounding the Teapot

Thinking of the anomaly

Of winter constellations

Appearing in my 90 degree yard

Remembering that the Southern Hemisphere

Is deep in winter

Wondering if they see these

Or are they gazing at our summer ones

In their darkened sky

 

Lost in the vastness of space

A mystery I lovingly embrace

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

JUNO REACHES JUPITER 7-5-16

 

A mere five years

For the NASA space probe

To reach the giant’s orbit

Aptly named Jupiter

Largest solar system planet

King of the mythological gods

A wife-cheater

Wrapping himself in clouds

To hide his activities

But Juno, a goddess with

Her own special powers

Was able to see through the billowing mass

Revealing his true nature

It’s what I love about the myths

They are an amazing sociological record

Of human conduct

That has not changed

Since humans first learned the art of recording

Behavior, thoughts, emotions

By word or by painting

By song or by scraping clay tablets

Eventually figuring out the all-important

Method of ancient papers and ink

So what does this have to do with space expeditions?

We’re peering through the clouds

Jupiter’s behavior no longer a mystery

It’s an achingly long way to find other worlds

When ours is depleted

Beginning with the telescope in 1608

Mapping out the route

Way-stations to planets like ours

We won’t be part of the exodus

But future generations will be

Stopping off at Jupiter for refueling

Heading toward other solar systems

Full of hope while continuing

The long tradition of exploration

I like it…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: NASA Juno and Jupiter

WORK IN PROGRESS INTRO POEM FOR NEW BOOK

 

I am the egocentric sun

With a personal solar system

Swirling around me

Bumping into stars and moons

Orbiting around each planet

Like Earth’s solar star

Yet not as steady

Blinking in and out

Depending on mood

Illuminating my miniature worlds:

Words, Music, Dogs

Love, Loss, Mythology

Loneliness and Elation

But Like Pluto

Will one of these worlds be

Bogus, merely an asteroid

Waiting to slam into another

Whirling body

Disintegrating endlessly

Will other planets emerge

Becoming visible through

Powerful telescopic eyes

Matching my movement of Time

In the guise of Equatorial thoughts

Creating more worlds and

Destroying others…?

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

DWARF STAR SOLECISM

 

Hydrogen, ionized oxygen

And dust

Hide a heart

Light-years from Earth

But in 1764

Charles Messier

Rescued it from oblivion

Dragging the first planetary nebula

Into the spotlight

Whether it wanted fame or not

Nicknamed “The Dumbbell”

No doubt due to its shape

It conjures up an alternate meaning

To overthinking English speakers

Who wonder if its heart is breaking

From an impulsive mistake

Made eons ago

In the starry ballroom of space

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: space.com

FIVE PLANETS AND A FULL HUNGER MOON

 

Took an old poem and wrote a song for my new (yeah, tacky) concert ukulele. Chord feedback/suggestions definitely welcome!

 

(Am)Five planets and a full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

 

(G)Dangling above my sorrowful (C)head

(C)Making me wish I was (G)dead

 

(G)Dawn breaks in a Bluesy (C)sky

(C)Here I am, trying not to (G)cry

 

(F)Same as a Weeping Willow, rooted (C)below

(C)Heart cold and lost like an icy (F)floe

 

(G)Unlike the Moon, I do not hunger for (C)food

(C)Need a way out of my (G)solitude

 

(G)How might I cope with your (C)desertion?

(C)Why would I want to continue your (G)coercion?

 

(Am)Five planets and a full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

 

(G)Retrograde planets add to your harsh (C)words

(C)Mercury and Jupiter whirling (G)backwards

 

(G)Venus, Saturn and also (C)Mars

(C)Add strife to the male-female (G)spars

 

(F)Love has become something (C)ephemeral

(C)Creating an atmosphere stifling and (F)sterile

 

(G)Like a nocturnal mammal I scurry (C)around

(C)Shivering on the muddy (G)ground

 

(G)Not sure what to do (C)anymore

(C)Bright Antares and Spica I (G)ignore

 

(Am)Five planets and a Full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

(Am)Merely a meaningless magical (C) rune

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) both lyrics and chords

IMAGE:  My new concert ukulele

 

 

BLUE, BLUE

 

(scroll down for YouTube video of Janis Joplin, Kozmic Blues)

 

In the constellation of Chamaeleon

Harboring dust and gas clouds

And newborn stars

Shines IC 2631

The brightest nebula

Thanks to the young star

HD 97300

Generously sharing its light

Despite the dense dark nebulae

Illuminating

Beautiful, blue and bright

Blue, blue

But maybe

Unlike the musical Blues

There is no sadness

After all, it is

Just another number

In the cosmos…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Reflection Nebula

YouTube video: Janis Joplin, Kozmic Blues

https://youtu.be/Qg0UyCPmksQ