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Galaxies (a poem)

Updated on January 8, 2012

Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.  ~Thomas Hardy

Galaxies by Martie Coetser

Like the sun of our galaxy,

axis of planets and stars

all bonded by proxy

are we behind our avatars.



Nearest in rotation

our dearest beloveds.

Regardless connotation,

our love shines to their orbits.


Family and friends rotate

beyond in orbits of their own;   

Solemn we love while we wait

for them to visit us at home.


They come home in an inbox -

our dearest virtual friends

we trust may cox

our starships to no ends.


Beyond them are the special

bloggers and hubbers of space

to enlight and delight us - not artificial

are those we would love to embrace.


In our galaxies are

                             dangerous bodies

                                                         not in orbits –

                              in total ataxy 

                                                   they embody


in our galaxies.


In galaxies we are souls -

glamorous and shining suns

or frigid deep black holes

revolving forever on.


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    • MartieCoetser profile imageAUTHOR

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Nell, I know, we are indeed all part of each other... If you are happy, I am automatically happy too, in spite of anything that might make me unhappy. Your happiness is a little happiness in me. And the same with unhappiness. Just look at out reaction on people dying of hunger somewhere in the world...

      People are people through people...

      Take care, dear Nell :) I'll see you around :)

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Wonderful poem Martie! Every atom and all the energy in the Universe is connected, and we are all part of each other. If only the whole world could see that. Voted up and shared, nell

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      tonymac04 – I know you will write the best article.... I will follow you with my own version... let’s give him the honor he deserves. I can see all those books. Lol! Just promise your wife you will put it neatly away as soon as you’re done :)))

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Martie for you very kind words. do appreciate them! And yes, I am very concerned about uTata Mandela. I am thinking about a Hub for him and have got my books about him spread all over the place - I don't think my wife is too impressed!

      Love and peace


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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      tonymac04 – When I read a comment like this one of yours – a comment that tells me that the reader ‘heard’ exactly what I was trying to say – I feel the most amazing feeling sinks in me. I would like you to feel it - Imagine you are sharing one of your heartfelt philosophies with someone, and that someone confirms it with better and more significant words.... Did you feel that cool feeling of contentment sinking in you?

      You’ve framed my idea of connection and interaction between people perfectly, and any words I add will ruin the ‘picture’.

      Once again you’ve impressed me out of my shoes with your insight, Tony. Gosh, I’m so glad you are my friend! Laat dit goed gaan met jou!

      PS: I believe you too feel strong concern for Nelson Mandela today?

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Great wrods and pix, my friend! I love that we are all connected in ways that we don't always recognise. The universe is so huge that we often get lost in the vastness. Yet we all have some meaning there, some life and creativity of our own there.

      Thanks so much.

      Jy het my dag laat ligter voel - dankie!

      Love and peace


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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      prasetio30 – you are one of the bright stars in my galaxy, and so unique, presenting all those awesome hubs with the most amazing topics. Thank you for your votes on my hubs – you are a true and loyal friend. I pray that all your dreams come true in 2011, prasetio. May your heart always be filled with only joy and peace!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is so beautiful. You made my day so colorful. Thanks for writing this. I really enjoy all the pictures of Galaxies. Happy New Year 2011. I hope this is the best year for us...amen. My vote always for you.


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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      vocalcoach – Thank you for delighting me on this last day of 2010 with your kind comment. You’ve made my day! Though I know that genius you saw is a real absconder, always out of town when I really need her. I wish you a wonderful day and may you start the new year with many positive thoughts.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Magnificent! I am finding myself within each glorious picture. What writing! I love this line - "Solemn we love while we wait for them to visit us at home." You have genious in you, Martie. I hope you do more of these.I am so impressed and also humbled by your talent. This hub deserves a nomination, followed by an award! Thank you so much, my beautiful friend.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      epigramman – you are such a twinkle-twinkle BIG star in my galaxy. If ever you fall, I’ll put you in my pocket :))))

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      8 years ago

      ...well believe you me I always like to orbit in your poetic galaxy because it takes me out of this world and into a new one !!!!!!!!!!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Docmo – Welcome in my corner and thank you so much for honoring me with a visit and such an inspiring comment. I wish that all yours are in place in their orbits where they can enjoy your warmth in abundance.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a beautifully written poem on the scheme of life's orbits. It is a richly observed piece that I enjoyed reading very much.. looking forward to reading more of your work... Brilliant!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      rpalulis - and what about the poem? Lol! I agree with you, the pictures are amazing. They are thumbnails of desktop wallpapers. I was surprise to see that they did not loose much quality after I've changed the pixels for this hub. Thanks for making a turn in my corner.

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      8 years ago from NY

      I love these photos, just amazing.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      *** saddlerider1 – So nice to know you could feel the world out there, and the peace and warmth and kisses from the sun :))) Is it not a bare, brutal fact: we are nothing but atoms. So let’s rotate in our orbits and sparkles brightly on. I love to see you twinkle out there.

      *** acaetnna – I’m so glad to see pretty you in my corner, and more glad to know you like my poem and pictures. I’ll see you soon in your corner where I know I will enjoy your latest hub. Or perhaps an old one I have not read yet. Thank you so much for coming by.

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      Simply beautiful pictures and awesome words. Loved it.

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      8 years ago

      This made me feel like I was in another world, the beautiful pictures and words combined to send me into outer space and let me linger there for awhile amongst my hubber stars and feel the warmth and kiss from the sun and the bright glow of the moon.

      What a wonderful Universe we share and to think we are simply an atom to be dispersed eventually amongst our rightful owners in space. Rated UP and up some more. Happy New Year dear Martie.

      Thank you for letting me play in space for awhile amongst the stars:9)

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      chisom emmanuel – We can learn so much by merely looking at the galaxies in our universe, each with its own sun, planets with or without moons, and those loose pieces that are for some reason not in orbits. Thanks for reading. Your visit is much appreciated.

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      oji chisom emmanuel 

      8 years ago from NIGERIA

      i like this poem it is beautiful, thank u for considering your follow hubbers. i also believe we are connected with oy galaxy.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      thougtforce – Is our universe not awesome? I once read a book about the birth and death of stars, and I was in awe. It is overwhelming – our macro-cosmos, not to talk about our micro-cosmos, consisting inter alia of viruses and bacteria. We live in an awesome universe, and we are but only beings living for approximately seventy years in here. We should not waste a minute on trivialities. Being a Christian I believe God is the creator and soul of the entire universe, and just like no one will ever find me in my body amongst its organs, vesels, and bones, we will not find God in the universe. Soul/spirit is not a visible, touchable object, but like breath – pure, invisible life. Thanks so much for reading and leaving me your thoughts.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      *** katiem2 – Oh my, I am so thrilled to know I was successful with this metaphor of our state of existing in reality as well as in cyberspace. Since I was a young girl I needed metaphors like this to understand my priorities, or situations, in fact anything I need to understand, and I am truly so glad to hear/read that it is also appealing to you and others. Thanks for telling me, Katie. You know how important your approval is to me. Lots of peace and hugs from me to you.

      *** Darlene Sabella – your brightness is clearly visible out there. I just love to be a planet in your galaxy. You are such a bright, shiny sun, beaming the warmest love. I’m dancing with you, darski – through a telescope we look like a whirling purple spiral in space.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      8 years ago from Sweden

      This is a beautiful poem about two great phenomena, interesting and friendly hubbers and one of my greatest interest ever, the universe! I simple drifted away in my mind to great places while reading your words and watching this amazing photos! Just wonderful!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      *** JY3502 – Goodness! Another surprise! I’m stunned. It is so good to know you like this one. Wow. I’m speechless. Thank you, John, for telling me. I really do appreciate such a positive opinion coming from an accomplished journalist like you.

      *** always exploring – so nice to know you like this. You inspired me to read the poem through your eyes, and oh my, I could see what you mean. This is what I love about HP – immediate feedback, and you can read your writings through the eyes of others. I was also reluctant to join HP – it seemed to be above me. I was so afraid in the beginning – but thanks to all the encouragement, I eventually crawled out of my comfort zone, and with no regret. I can be myself without fearing, and I know I am able to defend myself against any Goliath who gets the urge to destroy me. And you know, Rubby, it is not HP as such that keeps us here, but the hubbers in our specific circle. There are other circles in here with ‘atmospheres’ I don’t like. I’m so glad I found this circle of us in time. Lots of hugs from me to you.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Marti my dear heart, did you see my in that picture of yours, I was that small purple speack in the middle of the galazy swurling and twurling to find or next stop. This is the best, I love this hub my girlfriend, keep more coming this touch my heart and soul, your fan rate up love & peace darski

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      NOW this is what I call awesome, I love this great big wonderful universe and you've just created an amazing poem on our connectiveness! WOW just beautiful. I'm all energized now as you've just made my day! Love and Peace :) Katie

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      kirutaye – it is so nice to know I’m not a ‘frigid deep black hole’ in your galaxy. Lol! Oh, may I never become one in anybody’s galaxy, though I’ve got an idea I am exactly that for at least two hubbers, and I can but only wish them well. I’m glad you’re back. I’m on my way to read chapter 11 of your story – I’ve just received the link.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful Martie.Your words are so soothing they take me to another place and time.Aha,i'me back on earth!!Really the pictures are perfect and yes we are like family,who would have known,the day a friend talked me into joining HP,that i would find such joy.The friends i've made here are precious.Have a wonderful new year and God's blessing.



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      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I'm not much for poetry, but this was good.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Martie, I love this poem, especially:

      'In galaxies we are souls -

      glamorous and shining suns'

      You are one of those glamorous and shining suns brightening my day.

      Thank you for sharing. :o))

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Peggy W – Thanks a lot, Peggy. Wow, you are inspiring me to write a lot more of these. I really appreciate your feedback, and thanks so much for the fan mail. I'm looking forward to learn from you.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna – Oh, my goodness, Nellieanna, to receive such a beautiful compliment from the queen of poems at the Hubs, provokes in me an overdose of joy. I’m stunned and thrilled and kind of ready to look behind me to make sure you were talking to me. Thank you, my dearest friend, you know what you mean to me. I am not at all surprise about the ESP, because you are always on my mind. Glad you’re back with us again. I believe you had a lovely Christmas and you are ready to tackle 2011 by the horns.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      This is phenomenal! What you may find spooky is that I've been working on a hub with a slightly similar thrust. Not identical but must be ESP. Your words and visuals are just gorgeous!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a wonderful poem showing how we are all intertwined with everything else in the vast universe. Your visuals are fantastic as are your words.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      chspublish – I love you in my space of imagination, and I’m on my way to your space now. Thanks so much for sending me some of your flashes. (Oh gosh, this metaphor is getting complicated now... we are simultaneous the suns of each other’s galaxies and galaxies on our own. Makes me wonder of there is a central axis in the universe, but oh, I know too little of astronomy to even wonder about this).

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      A.A. Zavala –It is so wonderful to know that we are not like deserted islands in the sea, waiting and waiting for someone to come ashore. Thank you for giving me some bright flashes from there in your orbit. I hope I emit enough light for you to feel warm and comfortable :)))) To be a part of your galaxy also delights me.

      vietnamvet68 – I love my family at the hubs as much as I love my own family. The only difference – I share a lot of memories with my real family, and I can easily touch and hug them – many of them live just as far away from me as you. I just love all of you, and this love is such a warm feeling in my heart. I’m addicted to it, and why not? I keep this poem in mind and don’t neglect the loved-ones who are the nearest to me. May 2011 be one of your best years.

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      8 years ago from Ireland

      Great imagery - really enjoyed the space of the imagiantion.

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      8 years ago from New York State

      Martie, your beautiful music inspires us one and all and reminds us we are one big family on this vast place they call earth. God Bless and hope you have a joyous New Year

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I love being considered a part of the fabric of everything. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Micky Dee - you make me feel like King Solomon's favorite wife. You are such a darling. Thank you :)))

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I love your words and your visuals Martie!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      *** richtwf – I believe all of us have a ‘social’, ‘personal’ and ‘intimate’ space in our bubbles, which should be respected. I thought this poem could be a metaphor for the ‘bubble’. Thank you so much for reading and leaving me such a spherical comment. May 2011 be one of your best years.

      *** LillyGrillzit – Is the universe not awesome? My answer to those who query the existence of a divine power we named God – and because of our limited interpretation of the name/word don’t understand: When you cut my body open to the bone, will you find me in the body? Lilly, it is always-always nice to get a comment from you. Take good care of yourself for you are so special to many of us.

      *** Amy Becherer – I hope I’ve made it clear how much we mean to each other. Of course we may not replace our loved-ones and friends in real life, but all of us know we mean in many ways more to each other than real people do. But we know our place/orbit in each other’s lives. We should not become like ‘dangerous bodies not in orbits’. Hugs for you, Amy, may all people in your life fall in the orbits you want them to be in 2011.

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You unite us all in the vastness of space with your beautiful, mystic, supernatural piece. Great way to start the New Year! Thank you, Martie.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dear Ms Martie, LOVE THIS! I think they need to let us rewrite geology and astronomy books, although even scientists have become believers in the awesome and impossible. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      A beautiful poem with wonderful message of showing where we each are in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for sharing these galactic thoughts and may you have celestial blessings from the Maker in divine heaven for your New Year of 2011!


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