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Night Sky Dreaming

Poetry By: garyaitcho
Poetry


Tags: Sky, Watching


Reflections on lying on a remote beach in the Australian wilderness and seeing a supernova


Submitted:May 19, 2013    Reads: 10    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


Darkness envelopes us
Peripheral vision
blanketed
with
nothingness.

The waves cascade
towards us
a never ending
rhythmical dance,
a sound backdrop to
the universe above.

An eternal pattern
echoing through
time,
millennium
after millennium.

The cool sand
resists our backs,
supports our heads,
direct evidence
that now, right now,
we do exist ..
despite the vastness
that surrounds
and envelopes us.

Staring upwards
and outwards
and backwards
in time,
into the vast
void
of the universe.

Staring into incomprehensible
distances,
into blackness in the void,
into a violence and nothingness
beyond understanding.


Sparkling jewels,
clouds of light,
pinpoints . . .
clustered here,
scattered there,
a static backdrop
etched onto black canvass.

Eyes search
wandering across the vastness
looking for movement
for change
that sudden streak ..

Proof that the canvass
above is interacting,
communicating,
flowing.

Satellites suddenly
trace an arc
across the sky.

But we yearn for
deeper views,
back in time
millions and millions
of years, not the mere
seconds of a passing
man made structure.

and there,
just there,
up there,
to the right,
yes
t h e r e ......

a pinpoint of light
suddenly
inexplicably
explodes
for the briefest
second
beams brighter
than everything ..
an intensity so strong
it seems like
a message

to us.


hairs on the neck
stand up
every sense
alert
the sky seems
for this instant
for this fleeting moment
to be communicating
just
to
us.

Something just
happened. Well not just.
At least 100 million years ago.

An explosion of
such
unimaginable force
such
unimaginable violence

communicating its
destruction
to us

And suddenly
we
feel
very
very
small.





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