Ode to Age---Dedicated to the 40” telescope of Mt. Lemmon

(Mr. Nathan Robbins; 2005)


“Throughout the ages from Galileo to McCarthy, astronomers have used telescopes that had both good and bad effects upon them. In maintaining that tradition, I shall present a poem in honor of an ancient scope, I call it 'Ode to Age'”


Scopus Fortus is your photometric non-functionality,

An economic conundrum continuing through time,

Your visual photometry and imaging senses ,

contribute to your uselessness and unnatural contentness,


I find myself entranced by your non-vocal oscillations,

A singular desired trait in scope considerations,

That obviates your basic antiquated side gyrations,

For a constant reset of your drives to find your next rotation.


The weights are quite essential for your right ascension talents,

You would be more unstable if you lacked their counter-balance,

And when not being utilized to maintain declination,

They often serve to demonstrate the age of your creation.


Oh Forty the simple miscalculations you display,

Connotes an undeveloped system of relays,

And though you are not sentient Scope, and may not understand,

I nonetheless maintain you are my bitter, ancient friend.


~Nathan Robins


Adopted from:

"Throughout the ages, from Keats to Giorchamo, poets have composed 'odes' to individuals who have had a profound effect upon their lives. In keeping with that tradition, I have written my next poem...in honor of my cat. I call it, 'Ode...to Spot'."


Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.