(NASA Photo: M81 is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light years away that is both relatively large in the sky and bright, making it a frequent target for both amateur and professional astronomers. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: Detlef Hartmann; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
In honour of the δ-Aurigid meteor shower, here is a filk song celebrating the grandeur of space and science. To be sung to the tune of Amazing Grace*
(*With acknowledgement to Reverend John Newton and William Walker)
Amazing space! How deep the call
Of time and stellar worth
That formed my atoms after all,
And sprinkled them on Earth.
T’was gravity that drew me here
And swirled me in the dust,
Amidst my pain and dirt and fear
I evolved as I must.
Despite the storms of space and star
Of meteor and mould;
The Earth has been my home and hearth
My shelter in the cold.
Through many danger, toils and strife
I have evolved and grown;
Along with all Earth’s other life
I’ll never be alone.
The Earth has cared and nurtured me,
And supplied all my needs;
I must learn that my portion be
Shared as my conscience leads.
In all of space and all of time,
Bright shining as our sun,
The human race can grow sublime,
Space beckoning us on.
© 2020 Geoff Allshorn