The Stargazing Paradox

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A story I wrote in Spanish class when I finished my test. Comments, negative and positive, are much appreciated. Thanks and I hope you like it.

Submitted: June 08, 2012

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Submitted: June 08, 2012



It was a cool summer night in mid-August. I lay down on the grass. The sky is very clear tonight, and there is a soothing breeze in the air. I close my eyes for a minute, and then I open them.

I look up into the deep, dark abyss that is the sky. It is illuminated with thousands of stars tonight. It's impossible to count them all. I wonder if anyone has.

As I stare more into this mystical abyss of wonder, I feel like I'm flying. I'm flying high above this planet called Earth, the stars at mu fingertips.

No one can hurt me.

No one can touch me.

I am free, finally... free.

This strange yet beautiful reverie lasted for only a minute, and then I came to my senses. I was only human, and I was stuck on this planet forever. I sigh loudly. I can never be truly happy, no one can, and no one ever will.

As I stare more into the sky, I see a long, wide belt of stars. It seemed to go across the entire sky, or at least what was in my field of vision.

Years ago, ages ago, in place far away from where I am now, my father told me that this long strip was an arm of the Milky Way galaxy.

Just thinking of the word "galaxy" makes me feel small. In the whole spectrum of the universe, I am about as small as a grain of sand. Small. Meaningless. Unnecessary. It almost makes me scared, just how small I really am in this never-ending universe.

I think about all these things as I continue to stupidly gaze into the night sky. I wish I could stay in this place, in this moment, in this minute in time forever. I begin to feel sleepy, and my eyes are getting heavy. I close my eyes on the world. I wonder and fear what tomorrow will bring.

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