Artist's rendition of BPM 37093Separated by fifty-odd light years
from the Star of Africa
lies a celestial jewel 2,500 miles across,
carats on the order of ten billion
followed by twenty-four more zeros.
A smoldering white dwarf
like our own pyrite-colored sun may be.
Proof that after a solar relationship
ends, like most relationships,
with a fiery, bloating rampage
followed by a crash-diet
down to blistered, white-hot corestuff,
the leftover carbon crystallizes
into a two-septillion-ton rock
set in an orbital band of dark ether.
Scientists learned this, they say,
because diamond-stars ring like gongs,
yielding signals that pulse
like the quintessential last word
of bodies long-since scalded to cinders.

Copyright © 2009, Michael Meyerhofer

Image Credit: Travis Metcalfe and Ruth Bazinet, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Michael Meyerhofer's second book, Blue Collar Eulogies, is forthcoming from Steel Toe Books.  His first book, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award (Briery Creek Press).  He is also the author of four chapbooks.  His work has appeared in Asimov's, On Spec, Ploughshares, Arts & Letters, River Styx and others.