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This poem was inspired by Stephen Hawking's talk about depression. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to The Moon Door series. In sequence, this poem comes after "Lunacy" which hasn't been posted yet, so if you prefer reading things in order then you may want to wait.

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I stumbled across this article about Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and it inspired a Moon Door poem.  It comes after "Lunacy" in the timeline.

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 
Lorina feels inspired by Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and shares her thoughts with the chronic pain support group.
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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "self-sufficient" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Godship Wanderers series, visible on the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem is spillover from the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing,[personal profile] janetmiles, LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. One of those prompts was for the song "Somebody Will" by Ada Palmer. This poem also fills the "WILD CARD: sense of wonder" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to The Blueshift Troupers series.

Warning: Hankie alert! Songs about space exploration make me cry sometimes, and this is the kind that does that. So if you're the same way, then be prepared.

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Salt Spots

Dec. 10th, 2015 10:34 pm
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 So the shiny spots on Ceres have been identified as salt, some also containing water ice.  Fascinating.
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This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, LJ user My_partner_doug, and Shirley Barrette.

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 My partner Doug found this article about astronomers finding planets in development for the first time.

Alien Sun?

Oct. 14th, 2015 02:15 pm
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This star's light is interrupted by something.  A suggestion in the article is that this could be a cloud of solar collectors or other manufactured gear made by aliens.  I can come up with other ideas.  

One is that the star may naturally not be putting out the usual smooth amount of light, which seems unlikely.  It could be a very rare phenomenon, but stars have behaved in pretty predictable clusters of light emission.

Perhaps slightly more plausible than aliens is that a large rogue planet collided with a local one and created a debris cloud. Enormously rare, but there are lots of stars and junk out there.

More depressingly, this also matches the kind of "gunsmoke" cloud you get when someone uses planetbuster bombs to reduce a solar system to rubble.  (A sunkiller bomb is also a possibility but unlikely because most of those work fairly fast.)  This is particularly a concern because one reason for the Drake Equation yielding a sum of zero detections is if L is a very short timespan -- to wit, aliens share the human tendency to blow themselves up.

Other ideas?
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 Well, that didn't take long.  :D  I have been wanting something like this since the first image of that heart came back.  <3
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 ... according to increasing evidence.

I favor "self-destruct" and "using different technology" as reasons why we aren't detecting signs of sentient life.  Based on life's incredible creativity and tenacity, it is likely to be both plentiful and -- on favorable worlds -- headed toward high complexity.  But given how humans do dumb things like trying to mow a hedge and starting wars over whose god is more peaceful, I would not be surprised by flash-in-the-pan civilizations.
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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai and this picture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.


"Star Deity"


Star Deity is black light
Star Deity is white shadows

Robe made of nebulas
Hairpins of embers

Star Deity is masculine female
Star Deity is feminine male

Fingerprints of kindling
Footprints of ashes

Star Deity's spirit is too big
To be only one thing.

* * *

Notes:

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
-- Carl Sagan

Star deities may be associated with the night, sky, and/or sun.

Androgynous deities may have traits of both sexes, none, or something else altogether.

Because human thought is limited, but we often conceive of divinity as unlimited, we may describe deities as transcendent.  Even religions with more specific, personified deities often have an Unknowable Divine as well.

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