She Sees Him There

 

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“This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by astronomers Carolyn and Eugene M. Shoemaker and David Levy on March 24, 1993. It was the first comet observed to be orbiting a planet — in this case, Jupiter — rather than the sun. The effect of Jupiter’s tidal forces had already torn the celestial body apart and, eventually, the fragments collided with Jupiter between July 16 and 22, 1994.” Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver and E. Smith (STScI) and J. Trauger and R. Evans (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

 

They met and married, made a life

raised a family, not much strife.

She stayed home, he studied the stars,

shine of planets, Jupiter, Mars

 

At fifty it’s her turn to gaze,

to view the comets and the blaze

of their tails burning brightly

own the sky, see new things nightly

 

When death came and took him too soon,

she sent his ashes to the moon.

Over the tree, it rises now

he smiles from there above the bough

 

This poem is in response to Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Prompt. The words were: Own/turn/shine/tree/star.

The poem is about Carolyn and Eugene (Gene) Shoemaker. Carolyn was featured on this StoryCorps episode, where she talks about their life together. Gene is the only person whose ashes have been left on the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “She Sees Him There

  1. lovely poem Merril thank you! Amazing – his ashes left on the moon. How wonderful to be able to gaze at the moon nightly and know that his light shines down … thank you!

  2. Concise and full of meaning. I think it’s great. And it works even if you don’t know anything about the story that inspired it – in fact, leads you on to more thoughts, at least it did for me.

  3. I once dated an astronomer, but he didn’t take me to Jupiter, Mars, or the moon. Thank you for today’s poetic puzzler – you solve the puzzles; we read your solutions, a great arrangement.

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