A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time A Poem By JOSE ESPINEL The beginning spilled light. And helium. And time. Across the newborn plane These raced to fill the void And this process we know Is natural. The glass says so, When spilled sideways and Unless the vintage is good You’ll never hear me complain. Also no one denies that Given enough time (And inconsiderate housemates), Wine dries all red and brittle and stains. Time’s next step – the one that persists In the absence of a mop-armed god Is a wine stain on the floor of the universe: An era where …

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For Your Sake

For Your Sake A Poem By JOSE ESPINEL   For your sake, Child of present Troubles, Those – from kind intent refracted, An aberration or malpractice of That impulse to live, I wish you would know this:   That in the parent’s absence peace persists Pressed as blissful comfort into lifeless things; The afternoon’s warmth, The melody’s trill, The lambent voice’s call Communing heartfelt dreams.   That where shields have sounded Hate’s telltale call Marking souls withered by A brutish scornful root – Some orchards since sown Nest warblers who sing Without fear of the blue-jay.   That Time, the …

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A Letter From Donostia

A Letter From Donostia A Poem By JOSE ESPINEL   Someone weeps alone in the dark. That’s how morning broke at camp: Vince or one of the other boys Announcing fully in tears The advent of the worst pox Adam willed us at age Ten – To be motherless and far from home.   When we first met The mountains in Summer, The sight of the lone thunderhead Through a dew-stained window Lingering to scatter the thinning mist or – The crescendo of bird-song As the forest warms up to the day Bound us to our cots; Bid us to …

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Untitled Poetry

Untitled I By Jose   Forgive me, Gentle paramour, For showing you how Soft lead remains yet lead And how iron at a distance Appears liable to indention, Welcoming a hand to an altogether Unpliable surface. My deceit made so similar By unwilling nature of the thing, I hope you are merciful enough to realize No hard thing means to feel soft At distance   Untitled II By Jose So many nights I’d branded myself Mycenaean And wondered in silence Whether Helen might visit my dreams If I walked down Allenby Street And continued into the sea. I swore I’d …

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Poems

By: Jose Espinel Poem 1: Untitled   So many nights I’d branded myself Mycenaean And wondered in silence Whether Helen might visit my dreams If I walked down Allenby Street And continued into the sea. I swore I’d stay there, Devoting my days on Elba To studying the taxonomy of stones And other enlightened arts Of great men who never bathed Until with labored certainty I’d say: This is grey. And so much toil would make me a rational man. And rational men do not weep at her memory. And rational men find beauty in numbers and stones. But if …

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SEDS Founds Undergraduate Satellite Team

By JOSE ESPINEL On September 15, approximately 30 students filed into Science Center Room 110 for the first meeting of the new Harvard Satellite Team. At the front of the room stood Maggie Wang (c/o ’21), Joseph Sanchez (c/o ’21),  Amir Siraj (c/o ’21) and other members of the Harvard Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) who introduced the team’s ambitious purpose: the construction and launch of the University’s first undergraduate-built satellite.   The Satellite Team represents a new chapter in the history of space exploration as it marks the College’s entrance into the arena of CubeSat …

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Orbital Economics

Ec-10 Meets Asteroid Mining By JOSE ESPINEL   Take a trip to one of STAHR’s open houses at the Harvard Loomis-Michael observatory on a clear night (or get that coveted swipe access and go on your own time) and look up at the sky. Up there, that’s the realm of improbability. There are Wolf-Rayet stars frantically ejecting their atmospheres; exoplanets with orbital periods measured in mere hours. There is a certain suspension of disbelief that accompanies the study of the cosmos. So if I told you that an exercise in economic theory was taking place up there, in space, would …

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