Didactic Doggerel

The Smallest Black Hole

You wonder what you’d find in a black hole?
Your other sock? A dime? A baby mole?

I’ll tell you where you will find none of those:
In Cygnus X-1 only darkness shows.

A star one hundred times our own Sun’s mass
Collapsed upon itself and turned to gas.

It tore a hole in space I cannot find
A way to understand in my own mind.

A place I cannot draw or get my eyes on,
Where all is lost on its event horizon.

A place where things fall in and go bye bye.
No peep, no burble, not even a sigh

Comes back to notify us of their plight.
Nothing gets out from there, not even light.

Things disappeared for eons. No one missed ’em.
They had been swallowed by a binary system!

Now they’ve found a hole that’s just a baby,
The smallest yet, the smallest ever, maybe.

An X-ray pattern comes from gas white-hot.
It lets them hear the “heartbeat” of the tot.

They hear its heartbeat. Just imagine that!
If only they knew where your sock is at!


(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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1 Response to Didactic Doggerel

  1. Ella Diaz says:

    This is great. Socks are mysterious things, aren’t they?

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