Gravity makes a “magnifying glass”
out of the space that it causes to bend —
a cosmic telescope that can surpass
those on or around the Earth, and extend
our visual range by two thousand fold,
with a billions of light years focal length,
allowing us to see a star so old,
nine billion years ago, it shone full strength.
And that’s how far we’ve looked into the past
to see a star dead for billions of years.
Blue supergiants burn hot and live fast,
too passionate to hold their atmospheres.
Icarus soars beyond moderation
in legend and, now, our observation.