The Poetry in Science, a poem by Aurora Kastanias at
Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration NASA (Image of a Black Hole)

The Poetry in Science

The Poetry in Science

written by: Aurora Kastanias


dedicated to Einstein, Hawking, and all the daring souls


At the heart of the daring
lies imagination.
As they heed
unfolding possibilities
ignite intuition,
engaging ideas
to be boldly wild,
for the cautious to cry:

Attempting to explicate
the unfathomable unknown,
the unseeable, they invent
a black hole, born
from the death of a star
to create a galaxy,
capable of wonders,
bending space with colours,
swallowing light.

At the heart of our Milky Way
lies Sagittarius A*,
with a mass of four million suns
sixty million kilometres across,
spinning one thousand
pirouettes per second, twenty-six
thousand light-years away,
for Life to exist–
you and me and the daring–

where we are.

Planet Earth at the edge
of the Milky Way galaxy
–one of two trillions
in the observable universe–
on its Orion arm,
swirling around Sagittarius A*
with the entire Solar System
at eight hundred thousand
kilometres per hour,

Whilst dashing all together
at two point one million,
towards the Great Attractor
in an expanding universe,
where All moves
in perfect unison,
for nothing to be lost
through Dark Energy and Matter,
to eternally evolve

in endless metamorphosis.

Aurora Kastanias

Aurora Kastanias

Born from a Greek, British, Ghanaian father and a Persian mother, I grew up in Rome, where my parents fled to during the Iranian Revolution. The passion for the art of writing led me to earn a Baccalaureate in Literature, being ever since influenced by French 17th and 18th century authors.
While studying for my BA in Business Administration, at an American University in Rome, I further got enchanted by 19th century existential authors as well as European ‘absurdism’ and the Theatre of the Absurd.
It was only after my MBA that I started writing more seriously, giving space to my true passions. In recent years I have written two existential novels in Italian. In recent months I have started studing astrophysics and writing poems in english, which finally brings me here.
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