Ring of dark matter in the galaxy clusters Cl 0024+17Of the years I knew
there was more
that I didn't know
than I knew
and couldn't say

I now think of things as equivalent
I know it may not seem so
but retrospectively leaning over I've learned
we free-fall the same and the binding energy
of our strong interaction came into question

I am the moon
held together
I can bounce light off me
and measure the distance from you
to one centimeter

Increasingly precise
in my observations
I report
our local dark matter
density

most of the matter in our exquisite
universe was dark
and there was much more
to the experience than what
we could explain

The collisionless particles
of the unknown untouching the known
we imagined our way
you set on self-consistency
I my own galaxy

Copyright © 2009, Kath Abela Wilson

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M.J. Jee and H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University)

Kath Abela Wilson is the creator and leader of Poets on Site, a poetry performance group in Southern California, inspired and presenting on site poetry music and dance inspired by artistic, scientific, natural environments and venues. She attends and uses as one of her sources of inspiration, scientific, astronomy and physics lectures at Caltech, in Pasadena, where she is the wife of mathematician and Caltech professor Rick Wilson and travels with him to worldwide mathematics conferences. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and has published in Star*line and other local and international journals. She publishes and edits Poets on Site, a collection of books of poetry, each on a different group theme. She recently completed the first installed United States Museum Poetry Audio Tour, Poets on Site at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.