Listening to Jupiter
Call it what you like
The music, the language of the cosmos
The expanding universe, the supernova;
red-shifting light from distant stars
Does it matter
if dark energy exists, filling the space
galactic islands; engimatic energy
imagined but forever unseen
bending space and time across
dimensions, the observable universe.
Can we glimpse our past?
Particles are good vibrations:
An ensemble of invisible strings.
Science may confuse it
yet planets sing,
and underlying unities of nature
I have listened to Jupiter;
am sure of the music of the spheres.
©June Palmer April 2015
Music of the spheres is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies - the Sun, Moon, and planets - as a form of "music" not usually thought to be literally audible, but a harmonic, mathematical or religious concept. The idea continued to appeal to thinkers about music until the end of the Renaissance, influencing scholars of many kinds, including humanists.
Author - June Palmer