Thursday, April 19, 2012

Finding the Goldilocks Zone

UpsilonAndromedae D moons

Finding the Goldilocks Zone

Tell me again
(you don’t have to use those
jawbreaker words,
and instruments can lie)
how much I am allowed to want you
how much is too much
how much not enough
how much a perfect porridge
bowl of just right?
Because, goldilocks,
this mind reading act
of mine is not

April 2012

Process Notes: Loosely defined, the Goldilocks zone, comfort zone or habitable zone, is the area in a star's effective region where planetary bodies may conceivably have atmospheric conditions which allow water to be present, and therefor, the possibility of life, i.e. not too hot not too cold etc.

Image: Artist's Conception of Upsilon Andromeda D, By Lucianomendez (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons


  1. Geez. This resonates right down to the bone, for me.

  2. i rather like very thin orbits...much easier to read the mind at that proximity...hehe...but i hear you....mind reading is not a whole lot of fun in relationships...

  3. Oh dear! (Not tedious.) Clever. Apt for many. Gets to the point! (And the age-old.) K.

  4. Fantastic write! Hits the nail on the head. Perfectly.

  5. "How much" I want to say, this is just right! :)

  6. Wonderful. Truly, it's a wonder anyone finds just the sweet spot where love lives and thrives mutually.

  7. Paradoxes of language, that we understand the future better when peering further back into our story, and studying the heavens can tell us so much about the heart. The Goldilocks Zone is the G-spot of Earth-like development and the rare zone where love can flourish: Unfortunately the printout for this isn't shared well between consenting adults, and one man's gold nuggets is another woman's treacly frozen dinner. And then the astrophysicists determine that the zone is actually much different, that the way it is isn't the way they thought it was at all -- and what does that tell us about us? Everything, dammit ... what a fun write, H. - Brendan

    1. As the earth said to the sun, 'What goes around, comes around.' *ignores suppressed groans* Yes, the heavens are a huge canvas for the murals we decide to paint of meaning. And I suppose the spot wouldn't be so sweet if it was easy to find, or what we thought it was. Isn't it amazing how that phrase can just work out for almost everything?? Thanks for introducing me to it, and for reading, as always, B.

  8. I like this, the idea that the exasperation of a speaker who has tried everything is really well done.

  9. i see the heavens in your bowl of porridge.


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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