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METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT (10)

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  • Valentin Grigore
    METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT (10) Note: Due to time constraints, this will be the last issue in the current format of the Project s astropoetry
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      METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT (10)

      Note: Due to time constraints, this will be the last issue in the
      current format of the Project's astropoetry compilations. We would
      like to thank all those people who have contributed material over the
      last five years, and to those who have provided support in other ways.

      This issue is dedicated to Costica Gheorghe (1927-2007, participant at
      the International Meteor Conference 2000 in Pucioasa, Romania), whose
      anonymous efforts helped very much the Meteor Contemporary Poetry
      Project and the Astropoetry Shows of the International Meteor Conference.

      -Coordinators:
      Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania),
      Alastair McBeath (U.K.)
      and Valentin Grigore (Romania)-

      Previous issues:

      -Leonid 2002 Poetry - prologue, December 2002
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1088

      -MCPP (1), June 2003
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1177

      -MCPP (2), December 2003
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1321

      -MCPP (3), June 2004
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1392

      -The Song of the IMC - a September 2004 supplement
      by Jeremie Vaubaillon
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1455

      -MCPP (4), December 2004
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1507

      -MCPP (5), June 2005
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1573

      -MCPP (6), December 2005
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1649

      -MCPP (7), June 2006
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1701

      -MCPP (8), December 2006
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1785

      -MCPP (9), June 2007
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1848


      In this issue:
      I. FROM A LIFE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR ORGANIZATION
      II. POETRY AT THE ASTROSHOW OF THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE 2007
      III. METEOR POEMS
      IV. RECOVERIES FROM THE PAST
      V. SARM'S PERSEIDS 2007 ASTROPOETRY WORKSHOP
      VI. TRIBUTE

      I. FROM A LIFE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR ORGANIZATION

      TOP 3 METEOR SHOWERS
      -by Paul Roggemans (Belgium)-

      PERSEIDS

      Perseid trains appear,
      observers see them so clear,
      as best of the year.

      With such a twin peak,
      Perseids are never too weak,
      so observers speak.

      Perseids seen as tears,
      on Lawrence-day many years,
      this myth disappears.

      LEONIDS

      Be well aware,
      About Leonids we care,
      outbursts so rare.

      People got scared,
      Leonid storm unprepared,
      when all stars flared.

      Ancient messengers,
      Leonid storms were challengers,
      Kings' disparagers.

      The Leonid showers,
      compare to fields of flowers,
      of cosmic powers.

      GEMINIDS

      Geminids' fidelity,
      many and of quality,
      a winter rituality.

      In cold deep dark sky,
      shooting stars happen to fly,
      Geminids never die.

      METEORIC JOKE

      Geminids slower,
      Perseids move with more power,
      Both: good shower.


      II. POETRY AT THE ASTROSHOW OF THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE -
      BAREGES (FRANCE), JUNE 2007

      LIMERICK
      -by David Asher (U.K.)-

      One glorious I-M-O day
      Was the time when a man called Andrei
      Created a show
      That's continued to grow.
      Now you can't keep the audience away!

      METEORIC ADAPTATION ON THE "FRERE JACQUES" MUSIC
      -by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)-

      Dear observer! Dear observer!
      Do not sleep! Do not sleep!
      Open heaven's doors! Open heaven's doors:
      Meteors! Meteors!

      ATMOSPHERE
      -by Masa-yuki Yamamoto (Japan)-

      make your love
      atmosphere for shine
      we love the atmosphere of the Earth
      we love the atmosphere of the IMC

      METEOR WATCHING
      -A tribute poem
      by Geoffrey Grayer (U.K.), IMC-2007-

      What is this life, if full of care
      We have no time to stand and stare?
      -Is that why all these people here
      Look up into the sky, so clear?
      Yes; they await, with patience all
      For that spark from heaven to fall
      For surely a meteor is what he meant
      When Arnold penned that sad lament.
      Yes, we must await the hand of fate -
      It seems the shower's somewhat late;
      Or maybe, you never know, this year
      'Twill not appear at all, I fear.

      Sometimes a perturbation comes along
      And all our calculations... Wrong!
      Yet we continue, try again,
      Next year we know won't be the same.
      You never know, it can occur -
      A fire storm! Meteors everywhere!
      They fill the sky, the numbers mount,
      So many one has no chance to count.
      I've never seen one yet, 'tis true
      But if I miss it, that day I'll rue.
      So we keep on looking, hoping that....

      (Fireball passes overhead)
      Wow! Missed that fireball while we chat.

      The moral of this tale is... well,
      Up to you; I cannot tell.

      HAIKU
      -by Masa-yuki Yamamoto (Japan)-

      clear transparent chilly night sky
      oh in Gemini many many stars
      are coming out


      III. METEOR POEMS

      QUOTIDIAN
      -by Boris Marian (Romania)-

      If there is not love in the Cosmos,
      then what is it?
      My God, what is the substance
      of the Cosmos?
      Carried by my thought,
      in my fragile spaceship,
      I run in space,
      I do not wait for mercy,
      without helm and astrolabe,
      I fly with my dream
      like in an Arabian tale,
      in a desert of fire and frost
      lightened by stars,
      which climb up or fall down,
      healthy or mad
      smiling to any nomad.

      METEOR?
      -by Ion Moraru (Romania)-

      Sometimes a revelation.
      An idea from a book of an undecided life.
      The last sunbeam in an absurd day.
      A joke on a sad morning.
      A smiling face on a passing adolescent.
      A moon appearing from between two clouds.
      An unknown boy in levitation over a halt.
      A letter, which is found in the corner of a bag.
      Somebody who is gone, but returned to life through the eyes of someone
      dear.

      These are the hopes given by the train of a nocturnal meteor.

      HAIKU
      -by Steve Sneyd (U.K.)-

      she stared till eyes hurt:
      at last streaked through false dawn zoo
      late, her wish forgot

      CELESTIAL
      -by Emanuela Ignatoiu-Sora (Romania)-

      a fissured sky
      and I entering like a burglar
      roving through the warm circumstance
      my light hitting the soft cover
      of a golden fish
      and finally again
      I, going to the crater

      THOUGHTS AROUND SARM'S "PERSEIDS XV" CAMP
      -by Valentin Grigore (Romania)-

      When Perseus throws his net somewhere between Andromeda and Cassiopeia
      in order to take with him the meteor radiant, SARM's Perseid National
      Camp just begins.
      It is followed by observational expeditions, when Perseus opens the
      net, overflowing the richness of light of the Perseid radiant.
      Never forget to prepare a good place, between August 9 and August 15,
      under the Perseid light!

      METEOR
      -by Anna Ruiz (U.S.A.)-

      How silently
      You walked with me
      along the winding forest path,
      green canticles of prayer
      forming on cardinal red lips,

      even

      as you would enthrall me
      with the liquid sea
      shining
      in my eyes

      I, but
      a grain of sand
      vexed into
      a pearl of time

      evanescence
      seeping
      mountain mists
      into
      the Valley of the Sunrise,

      pealing like lonely bells,
      echoes of the moon,

      just

      bright fireballs
      passing through
      a long splendid night.

      FIVE METEOR HAIKU
      -by Dominic Diamant (Romania)-

      a frolicsome
      plunges into the whirlpool -
      falling star

      a witch
      is driven away by the sun -
      falling star

      burning,
      divine messages come to us -
      falling stars

      ripping the canopy
      with astral convulsions -
      falling star

      when we shall die
      the faithful falling stars
      will cry for us

      AURIGIDS 2007
      -by Simona Vaduvescu (Hawaii; born in Romania)-

      From Hale Pohaku, Mauna Kea:

      1. Technical:

      The Aurigids were:
      -almost punctual (maximum at 11:15 UT, 18 minutes before the prediction);
      -few (5 Aurigids and 1 Sporadic);
      -bright (-6 magnitude for one of them);
      -nicely colored, with long trains, yellow and a red one;
      -slow.

      2. Poetical

      Celestial show
      in early September
      Earth kissing
      Comet Kiess' trail.

      THE CHAMPION
      (to Lucian Ene, 1960-2007)
      -by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)-

      I have a friend, a former colleague
      in the Sporting High School,
      who was a national champion
      of three swimming styles,
      including “dolphin” (or “butterfly”),
      where he defeated me
      just in my moment of glory.

      This defeat has marked my life,
      making me change water sports
      for astropoetry
      (which is also a kind of swimming
      through words and heavenly bodies),
      while he became a national champion again,
      firstly as a player in a water polo team,
      and years later as the coach
      of another water polo team.

      I have always thought
      he swims through water
      loftier than a fireball
      that swims through the atmosphere.

      I recently heard that he started
      towards the constellation Delphinus,
      aiming at the title
      of heavenly champion.

      MASTER OF THE SKY
      -by Irina Cristescu (Romania)-

      He mysteriously passes
      through the sky
      and gulps the darkness
      in a moment
      with a rustling, with a pulsation.

      Meteor in a hurry
      hiding so many faces,
      a single breath
      lightening the unknown.

      MY THOUGHTS
      -by Eliza Trandafir (Romania)-

      My feeling is a nova,
      a vortex feeding me on life,
      torrents consuming my being.

      I look for my own thoughts,
      for my own ideas,
      I see them flying with the meteors,
      or I see them among the stars,
      but I do not understand them.

      Will they spread
      to the infinite?

      Will they exhaust
      my whole light?

      HAIKU
      -by Iulian Olaru (Romania)-

      fangs of mountains
      hungry for night
      chew falling stars

      LEONIDS 1998-2002
      -by Adrian Sima (Romania)-

      alarms in shells of snails

      spatial death from the head
      to the last fires
      wrapping phoenix birds

      above and below
      deltas appear

      starry iron lions
      watch, attack, chatter
      marking beginnings
      from here
      to the floral-cometary thoughts
      of lucky beginnings

      PROTECTION
      -by Zigmund Tauberg (Romania)-

      I always like to look at
      nocturnal fire lines - meteors.
      But they rarely touch Terra
      because the atmosphere crushes them
      as a shield for us.
      However, we know that in the past,
      between long time periods,
      giant fireballs produced in their falls
      immense, killing catastrophes
      which changed all on this planet.

      Will we be able in the future
      to develop science so much
      in order to eliminate this danger?

      When people will do so,
      they will really be great vectors:
      masters of their lives
      and Terra's protectors.

      METEORS
      -by Boris Marian (Romania)-

      "We live nervous times"
      think snails and caterpillars,
      noises in the mouldy darkness,
      mulberries fall from the moon,
      a meteor appears in the sky,
      what is its name?

      "Pollen from stars"
      that is in writings,
      just flames and sparkles
      which disappear too soon...

      From then on,
      we are mortal,
      meteors in the high sky
      which is eternal.

      METEORS
      -by Dan Mitrut (Romania)-

      Why is life winged?
      Starting…
      December meteors,
      souls of mortals, repeating
      the great passing…


      IV. RECOVERIES FROM THE PAST

      METEOR IMAGES FROM MY POEMS COMPOSED IN COMMUNIST POLITICAL PRISONS.
      (To A Beautiful Unknown Lady)
      -by Constantin Dumitrescu-Cunctator (Romania)-

      I sing the starry calls
      Through diaphanous serenades...
      Come to me,
      Because the young years
      Will disappear like some meteors
      In the abyss of dumb time...
      -1955, Dej prison-

      METEOR
      -by Dominic Diamant (Romania)-

      Sometimes, my train of fire
      is troubled by a groan like a song,
      and I play it as a shining fan
      thrilling seeds on Earth.

      CURIOSITY
      -by Arnold Leinweber (1920-2006, Romania)-

      My thought is a magic meteor,
      which I want to be winged
      to wander in the Universe
      star system after star system.

      But what if a black hole
      would absorb it
      that I would not pass
      over that border?

      WAITING FOR THE LYRIDS
      -by Emil Neata (Romania)-

      Five clear nights in two weeks of holiday
      in the countryside
      in the second part of 2003 April.

      I saw 5 sporadic meteors,
      and only two meteors, of +3 magnitude,
      came from the Lyrid radiant...

      However, I saw a few galaxies of 11.4 magnitude
      and two galaxies of 11.8 magnitude
      (after many minutes of concentration
      and a lot of technique,
      a record for my telescope of 114 mm)
      ...but I didn't see any other Lyrids.

      The most difficult galaxy was
      NGC4236 in Draco,
      while the most interesting deep sky objects were
      13 galaxies spread among the stars
      of Mel 111/Coma Berenices
      (you should be delighted here
      by only a round, shiny spot)
      ...but I didn't see any other Lyrids.

      I also saw a lot of new open clusters
      from the catalogues of NGC, IC and Collider,
      some globulars and a planetary nebula from NGC,
      and my favourite deep sky objects
      ...but I didn't see any other Lyrids.

      Coming closer,
      I saw Asteroid 4 Vesta
      and I drew its motion for 48 hours
      (as for my entertainment)
      ...but I didn't see any other Lyrids.

      I saw Mercury every night
      (it seemed so poor through my telescope)
      and for variety
      I observed some of the closest stars:
      the Star of Barnard,
      Lalande 21185,
      Groombridge 1830 and 1618
      (perhaps the first stars that will be visited
      by people)
      ...but I didn't see any other Lyrids.

      METEOR IMAGES FROM MY POEMS COMPOSED IN COMMUNIST POLITICAL PRISONS.
      (To Another Beautiful Unknown Lady)
      -by Constantin Dumitrescu-Cunctator (Romania)-

      Your body - a stem.
      Your being - a flower.
      Your face - eternity from the
      Threshold of your house,
      And the dream of a flying being
      Taking you into his sky vortex…
      -1960, Galati prison-


      V. PERSEIDS 2007
      -an astropoetic youth workshop initiated by Cristina Slovineanu during
      the "Perseids 2007" Camp of the Romanian Society for Meteors and
      Astronomy-SARM-

      *
      I would have wanted eternity
      I watch, and prolong my gaze
      to catch thousands of ways
      of bright stars
      -Cristina Slovineanu-

      *
      I hide my gaze in the night
      A lunette wanting to mirror
      The sudden question mark
      Of stellar ensigns
      -Adi-

      *
      In the ecliptic plane
      Placed in the vernal point
      A meteor is looking for immortality
      -Razvan & Mihai-

      *
      strange star
      guardian moon
      marine sky in a
      quite discovered ecstasy
      -Florinela-

      *
      Wake up under the naked sky
      Without clouds or stars
      Just look forward and
      See the dust, see the light
      Of stars being born, see
      The meteors of a fallen wall.
      -Bogdan Sarbu-

      *
      There is the polar star
      up in the sky,
      in fact... circumpolar,
      an ephemeral fate
      -Mihai-

      *
      And when...
      what are they?
      Clouds flow over the valley,
      a fireball passes like a fool,
      but it is so cool!
      -Robert-

      *
      I have an open guitar
      On an unwritten paper
      In stardust in spaces
      On my traces
      -Madalina-

      *
      Circumpolar constellations,
      Games in a stellar camp,
      Look... it is a meteor! It is not a meteor!
      All the time. So hot reactions!
      -Tudor-

      *
      Trembling with cold
      I uselessly smile
      watching the creation of the world.
      Through the stellar music
      a quark sits
      in the mysterious beginning.
      -Dan-

      *
      Majestic Cassiopeia
      rose over the horizon
      enchanting the gazes
      of lunar astronauts
      travelling with the Cosmic Titanic
      on the waves of the Ocean of Rains,
      and carrying immense cases of beer
      for the Great Galactic Party.
      -Ruxandra Toma-

      *
      Swinging in a starry cloth,
      a meteor didn't trust
      the clouds...
      and became just dust.
      -Alexandra-


      VI.TRIBUTE

      TO COSTICA GHEORGHE (1927-2007),
      A MAJOR SUPPORTER OF THE METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT -by Andrei
      Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)-

      Father,
      do you remember the Perseid nights
      when we watched like two children
      the meteors’ dance among the joyous stars?

      Father,
      do you remember how enthusiastically
      you and my mother vibrated and helped me
      in preparing “astro” and “meteor” exhibitions,
      astropoetry galas
      and international astroshows?

      Maybe some day we shall be together again,
      free to admire all the meteor showers
      in the Universe,
      free to prepare other exhibitions,
      galas and astroshows
      for other worlds,
      better than this tragic Earth.

      You, my mother and me,
      we ourselves three falling stars.


      ***

      Other meteor poem anthologies can be found at:

      -Cosmopoetry - SARM and Friends
      http://www.cosmopoetry.ro

      -and Astropoetica
      http://www.astropoetica.com
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