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Astronomy For Poets: How Solar Systems Form

Just this week I completed my first year of college. Through these many months I’ve evolved immensely and gained so much new experiences and knowledge. This poem references what I learned while taking a course on the solar system just this past quarter–as well as what I have learned about myself this past school year.

 

I was once a nebula,

 

A simple celestial force

A common working of nature

Fluorescent yet fragile

Protected by a shield of chaos

 

I was once a star,

 

In a sea that is the universe

Both crowded and lonely

As I slowly

Aligned my broken bodies

 

I then grew to become

The sun of a cosmic system

 

My gravity,

A reminder of the affinity

Others feel for me,

The invisible allure I never view in myself

My moons,

A symbol of past destruction

And my ability to heal

As the chaos clears

 

I am science

I am poetry

 

I have now grown

Into my own galaxy

 

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Just a city kid striving for social justice and a pothead with a passion for poetry. I was born and raised in San Francisco, but I am currently pursuing Gender/Women's Studies at UC Davis.

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