10/7/10 – poem, standard candles

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Been listening in the car to Bill Bryson’s enjoyable “A Short History of Nearly Everything” read by a gentleman with a loquacious British accent.  A “standard candle” is a star in its later life, waning and ebbing energy in a precise rhythm, which can be used in measuring other stars.  I think.  Polaris is one. I like the way the phrase sounds.
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standard candles
you beacon you brighten
threadbare sirens
pull our sailors home
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2 responses to “10/7/10 – poem, standard candles

  1. Rather picture-postcard image portrayed by the poem.

  2. I wonder when our sun becomes a standard candle.

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