Andromeda / Peace in Me

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Andromeda / Peace in Me

The number of stars contained in the Andromeda Galaxy is estimated at one trillion.
The expense of spirit in a waste of shame / Is lust in action.

The galaxy is inclined an estimated 77° relative to Earth.
All this the world well knows / To shun the heaven that leads [wo]men to this hell.

The rotational velocity has a maximum value of 225 kilometres per second.
Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.

M31 is known to harbor a dense and compact star cluster at its very center.
Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others.

The Andromeda Galaxy has satellite galaxies, consisting of 14 known dwarf galaxies.
Enduring patience is the highest austerity.

The Andromeda Galaxy is approaching the Milky Way at about 110 kilometres per second.
May I be an isle for those desiring landfall / And a lamp for those who wish for light.

Nearly half of the heavy elements made by its stars have been ejected.
Upon a heap of rubbish in the road-side ditch blooms a lotus, fragrant and pleasing.

Note to the reader: This poem is composed of quotes from other sources. Each verse has been extracted from a single source:

1: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
2: Sonnet 129, by William Shakespeare
3: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
4: Sonnet 129, by William Shakespeare
5: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
6: Dhammapada, verse 100, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita
7: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
8: Dhammapada, verse 104, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita
9: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
10: Dhammapada, verse 184, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita
11: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
12: Bodhicaryāvatāra, Chapter 3, verse 19, translated by Adam Pearcey
13: English Wikipedia, “Andromeda Galaxy”
14: Dhammapada, verse 58, translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita


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