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NASA – Pillars of Creation
Hubble, 1995, Hester & Paul
THE EAGLE'S CHILD
On seeing Internet pictures taken by the Hubble telescope of the birth of a star in the Eagle Nebula*
I saw, with my astonished eyes
a story told in ancient light--
celestial birth in distant skies
as our Sun-star once took flight.
This nameless star, egg-like it grew
in dull galactic primal dust
until it left the womb as new
stars and poems always must.
Has it, like Sun, a circling globe
with sea-fish, bird, and dexterous ape
who'se built a clever eye to probe
our mysteries? Does her mind escape
its bounds to ponder ancient light
and move a poet's pen to write?
©1998 Nancy Jean Carrigan (used by permission)