“First ever black hole image released” – BBC News, 4/10/19
Einstein dismissed them,
later scientists believed in them,
had faith in the math that proved them –
black holes, flung across the cosmos.
But only God could see them, their aura
so bright a thousand suns would blush,
their pull so unimaginably great,
their dark core so unfathomably powerful
that to dare to submit, to cross
the impossible threshold, would be
a one-way plunge to eternity.
Now a black hole sits for its portrait,
focus of ten telescopes around the world
whose sharp eyes knit the immense image
to a size our human sight can register.
And there it is: a point of light in a sea of dark.
But behind that bland portrait is a challenge:
How can we comprehend the inscrutable?
How grasp the mystery, the dark power?
How can we untangle ourselves from our need
to understand the incomprehensible?