We Are Made – a Poem by Kate Rauner

We Are Made – a Poem by Kate Rauner

Up, up, and down,

Quarks in a cloud

Are bound.

Quiescent, they coalesce; ignite;

Balance heat and mass;

Warm to yellow-white.

Proton, proton, proton chain,

Dense enough at zero age.

Ashes sink in orange flame.

Now expanding, heating more,

Bright red shell,

Collapsing core.

Until explosion, flares away

The nebula; all that remains

Cooling dim and gray.

It will coalesce again

“We are made of starstuff”

says Carl Sagan

With thanks to Hertzsprung and Russell

eagle nebula NASA (244x250)

Eagle Nebula NASA

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