I was trying to get my mind around the news that astronomers have observed multiple images of a supernova exploding by simply looking in the right place and understanding the strange effects of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, when the phone rang.
It was Trail Baboon poet laureate Schuyler Tyler Wyler calling to beg for a commission.
Things have been a bit tough in the poetry game of late, and what with large companies like General Mills and Target retrenching, the slogan and tagline market has dried up almost completely.
“Give me something complex to boil down into a few lines of verse,” he said. “I have to keep my toolkit sharp in case the discount clothing and packaged food industries bounce back and there’s a sudden need for fresh jingles.”
Of course I gave him the only thing I had – that a star exploding on the other side of the universe nine billion years ago has appeared in our sky at least four times, and it all makes perfect sense. I told him I would buy him a cup of coffee next Wednesday if he could make it rhyme.
Here’s his reply:
To see a Supernova pop
is not so hard to do.
Just float some denser galaxies
between the star and you.
Then get it properly aligned
Nine billion years ago,
to let dark matter intervene
so you can watch it blow.
The light from the explosion
has to go around each side.
So when you view the fireworks
you see it multiplied!
The images arrive distinct
and separate as they please.
A single Supernova that can say
cheese cheese cheese cheese.
What spectacle would you watch over and over and over and over?