A burning copper coin rises in the East,
Its photons stream through the window.
Three hundred thousand kilometers a second at least,
Visible light: red, orange, yellow,
Green, blue, and violet; the colors
Blended bright white in
A cosmic, optical symphony.
The wavelengths of hydrogen fusion.
This week’s piece is a poem by John Hunter from Saxifrage 1, which was released in spring of 1975. Hunter graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1976, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
He currently teaches science at Forks High School and is married to Pamela Hanson Hunter (‘77), a pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Forks, Wash. He writes at least one poem a year for his family’s Christmas card.
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Saxifrage is open for submissions for the Oct. 31 issue of The Mooring Mast. This month’s theme for submission is “optical symphony.” Be creative!
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