Stars & Flying Sparks

Image of 2015 Lyrid Meteor Shower, to illustrate post on life and the 'zinc spark' of life.
Photo: Kris Williams, via American Meteor Society

 

sparks fly! conception!

a stellar invitation

save the date! it said

forty weeks of gestation

enter dragon, leo-fire

 

That’s me, leo AND dragon. A fierce combination, right? Although I don’t live my life guided by astrology, I do identify with a lot of the traits assigned to my signs. On the topic of life path’s and traits being foretold, check out Dan Millman’s Life Purpose Calculator if that kind of thing interests you. The link gives a bit of info, but if you want to read more, plug the number and ‘life purpose’ into your search engine- be prepared to go ‘wow!’ I have the book and I was blown away by the eerily spot on descriptions of not only myself, but countless friends and family members.

The opening line of the tanka was inspired by the most amazing thing I’ve learnt in recent days: at the moment of human conception, following the fireworks of the horizontal dance (one of a number of ways to conceive), the event is marked by tiny sparks flying in celebration of the successful creation of a zygote (years before ‘it’ becomes a tantrum throwing 23 month old). The light emitted is caused by the surge of calcium when sperm enters egg, triggering the release of some of the egg’s reserve of zinc. The released zinc then binds to small *molecules and together, they emit a fluorescence which was detected by Scientists at Chicago’s Northwestern University in the past week, using fluorescence microscopy. The phenomena had previously been observed in mice. The light of life! It has huge implications for IVF and leaves open (in my mind) endless questions about creation, life and the connectedness and meaning of it all.

 

*My reading has not yet shed light on what those small molecules are, so any readers who may enlighten us, please do so in the comments.

Prompt words for the tanka (dragon, invite) from 8 year old poet, Miss E– guest prompt-maker for Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #95