An excerpt from: Lucifer’s Polemic: A Poem in Six Rhapsodies (Canto 4) – Zachariah Chiaia

An excerpt from:
Lucifer’s Polemic: A Poem in Six Rhapsodies

by Zachariah Chiaia

Canto 4

Soon after my birth I was conscious,
Observing what I’ve thus far relayed,
And after the Order of Angels
Were born, we all became quite dismayed.

In time, some spherical galaxies
Flattened into giant spiral forms,
With arms extending out into space,
Encompassing small nebular storms.

On the inner edge of one spiral
Arm of what now is the Milky Way,
A spectacular thing came to pass
Which created the night and the day.

An accretion disk had formed about
One new protostar, isolated;
And from this disk, matter coalesced
Into chunks of rock, nucleated.

Thermonuclear fusion inside
This new protostar made it The One:
The star that would Illume Earth’s blue sky.
Humankind has now dubbed it The Sun.

The matter in the accretion disk,
Crystals of ice and rocks and gasses,
Gravity slowly separated,
Gradually sifting by masses.

This matter gathered unto itself
Other matter of similar kind,
Building up small planetesimals
Which gravitation quickly combined.

As aeons passed, planetesimals
Grew in size, increasing their masses.
Four rocky planets emerged, besides
Four giant planets, made of gasses.

Mankind would someday name these planets
After the gods of pantheons, old;
Including the miniscule Pluto,
Ninth from The Sun, so icy and cold.

Pluto, named for the underworld god
Of the ancient Greeks, is mostly ice.
It crosses, though farthest from The Sun,
The orbital path of Neptune, twice.

Neptune, the eighth planet from The Sun,
Named for the Roman god of the sea;
A brilliant, turquoise ringed gas giant,
Orbits in quiet tranquility.

Seventh from The Sun is Uranus,
An azure gas giant that is named
For the Greek god of heaven, Father
Of Titans, mythologically famed.

The ringed gas giant sixth from its star
Called Saturn, after the Roman god,
Majestically traces ’round The Sun
A long elliptical path, well trod.

Fifth out from The Sun is Jupiter,
Largest gas giant planet around.
Named for the Roman god known as Jove,
Its old Galilean moons propound.
The Red Planet, Mars, fourth from The Sun,
Is named for the Roman god of war.
A terrestrial desert planet,
It is barren and cold to the core.

Named for the Roman messenger god
Known as Hermes to the ancient Greeks,
Mercury orbits, first from The Sun,
Once every twelve and one-half Earth-weeks.

Venus, second planet front The Sun,
Named for the Roman goddess of love,
Is also called Lucifer, the bright
Morning Star, in the dawn sky above.

Third in proximity to The Sun,
Earth and Luna, illuminated
By Helios, orbit Tiphareth.
In Nuit Malkuth thus situated.

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