Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wolf 359

by G. Jack Urso





Wolf 359
it's one of those stars

            that burns quite far

and showers the earth

            in a silent rain

dominator sun, elemental czar

            penetrating planet, flesh, and brain



sets light to flight over my head

in ultra-violet and infra-red



dark as i am

            you're quite like me

born and then damned

            to entropy

but wherever i am

            there you will be

as deep as i dream

            and as far as i see



lost stars and horizons lead wayward souls

to slumber into the silence of black holes



while i navigate my time

            lost in a rhyme

a child of the star

            Wolf 359


Wolf 359 is the orange star in the center

“Wolf 359 is a red dwarf that is located in the constellation Leo, near the ecliptic. At a distance of approximately 7.8 light years from the Earth, it has an apparent magnitude of 13.5 and can only be seen with a large telescope. Wolf 359 is one of the nearest stars to the Solar System; only the Alpha Centauri system (including Proxima Centauri), Barnard's Star, Luhman 16, and WISE 0855–0714 are known to be closer. Its proximity to Earth has led to its mention in several works of fiction (Wikipedia).”

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