by Gerard Beirne
Having fixed the stars in space
Nicolaus Copernicus sets the world
(by default) into motion
(the only possible deduction)
dispelling the notion
of an earth at rest
at the centre of the universe.
Incredulous at his own audacity
Copernicus repeatedly wipes his brow
and furiously paces his study.
All too aware of the consequences
the sealing of his fate
he looks down
observes the movement of his feet.
His world never to stand still again.
the nature of rotation transformations
the ongoing search for the centre
the point about which all else revolves.
Copernicus in a spin
maps out his life
its daily and yearly revolutions
defines his rotation about the origin
keeping his distance
maintaining his isometry.
While elsewhere all around him
the earth is stationary
motionless amidst concentric rotating spheres
of outdated postulations
the fear of a heliocentric theory replacing self
and God, that other great astronomer,
of little help.
Copernicus the church administrator
counts the cost
his uncle (Bishop Lukasz Watsenrode) aghast.
His world precessing on its axis
while Copernicus observes his own occultation
the obscuration of his greatest work
De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium.
Finding his own place in space
Copernicus awaits his death
a rigid motion transformation.
And us? Even yet
our coordinates unknown
our centre unnamed
our images translated to another plane
a geocentric cosmology continuing to reign.
Last updated March 09, 2012