Figure E6 SUPERMASSIVE
The second form of light that ever shone,
After a million years of neutral dark,
As matter screamed to show where it had gone—
Electron stripped from atom, quark from quark—
Still visible, red-shifted, clear and stark,
The mighty cauldron of the QUASI-STAR
Yet leaves upon the sky its blazing mark.
Stately elliptical, spiral or bar,
Each galaxy was once a door of Hell ajar.