A celestial hula hoop
For a shimmying deity’s tiniest toys
Pinned to obscure orbits.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,
Racing at full tilt like an old Spanish cavalier
On a windmill course to the other end of the start line
Grinding golden grain beneath her giant feet!
Who threw this disc into the air in the first place?
The sun a starter pistol, the moon a stopwatch,
Our eyes an imperfect witness
Consistently blinking before the finish line is crossed.
From BARROW, 2009
On March 5th, 1616, Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium was banned by the Catholic Church.