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Stephen Hawking has passed away. He has been the greatest mind on Earth for many years.

HANKY WARNING
I wrote this elegy and I'm still crying. Actually, just get the whole box of kleenex.


"Stardust to Stardust"
-- elegy for Stephen Hawking, January 8, 1942-March 13 2018


Cry me a river, cry

the Milky Way
running silent,
running deep

the Song of the Spheres
hushed, its greatest voice
gone breathless.

Schrodinger's cat
yowls, pacing around
the event horizon, and
paws a wormhole open.

Spirit wings clap,
cupping the solar wind,
climbing higher
and away.

Cry me a river, cry

throwing nebula blossoms
on a space-black coffin
lower the flag to half-mast.

The brightest mind is gone,
matter become energy once more,

ashes to ashes,
stardust to stardust,
gone

to become sunlight again.

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Date: 2018-03-14 06:35 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
<3 *HUGS* *snif* you done good, milady.

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Date: 2018-03-14 07:02 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Although, the flag link, though I like the one you found, I won't buy from'em; they sell confed flags. :(

Thank you for this.

Date: 2018-03-14 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
I really liked this. Especially the second half or so, because it reminded me of another elegy, and one of my favorite poems: "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden. But in a good way; your was reminiscent of Auden's, but not derivative at all.

I did find the in-poem link somewhat distracting, though.

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Date: 2018-03-14 08:37 am (UTC)
acelightning: the famous photo of Earth seen from space (Earth)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
I was away from my computer all afternoon and evening, and I'm only just finding this out. Another friend of mine posted, "...one by one, the stars are going out." But I responded, "Quite the contrary. Paraphrasing a quote from Hawking: 'I'm fortunate enough to have lived long enough to fly in zero-G. Now to pursue my original goal - to travel into space.' And now he has... and there's a new star burning brightly in the sky of our imagination. Here on Earth, though, we're going to have to make do with Neil DeGrasse Tyson..."

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2018-03-14 11:14 am (UTC)
acelightning: purple starry sky (space)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
The line my friend quoted was from the very end of Arthur C. Clarke's rather famous short story, "The Nine Billion Names Of God". I understand why my friend feels that way, but...

...there's that bright spark, off in an indefinable direction, where there wasn't one before.

Tyson is better at witty repartee than Hawking was; he'd probably have the aliens laughing so hard they'd cancel their plans to enslave us...

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Date: 2018-03-14 03:20 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: a pair of interacting galaxies that look like a rose (galaxy-rose)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
*sniff*

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Date: 2018-03-14 05:55 pm (UTC)
thnidu: You're a bit cold? Tea. BF just left you? Tea. You've just been told you've got cancer? Tea. Terrorists? Tea, dammit! (tea)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
(sad, close to tears)

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Date: 2018-03-15 12:29 am (UTC)
alisanne: (candles)
From: [personal profile] alisanne
That's a beautiful tribute.
*sigh*

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Date: 2018-03-15 01:17 am (UTC)
silver_chipmunk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silver_chipmunk
That's beautiful. Thank you for writing it.

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Date: 2018-03-15 01:50 am (UTC)
teigh_corvus: ([Misc.] Made of Stars)
From: [personal profile] teigh_corvus
That is beautiful and perfect. Thank you.

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Date: 2018-03-15 06:59 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
This is moving.

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Date: 2018-03-18 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annonynous.livejournal.com
As others have said, my thanks for this. And thanks to thnidu for pointing me to this.

Despite what was said about DeGrasse Tyson, SH most assuredly had a (really quirky) sense of humor.

May his sailing through the Universe he loved so much be smooth.

Ann O.

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