Just Plain Foolish

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

One Deep Breath: closeness

Stars
shine,
twinkle
breathe the air
cool autumn evening
My ancestors stand here with me.

Once again, after a long day of hiking around solar homes, then through the museum of natural history, my husband and I headed out to be volunteer "question answerers" for the local astronomy club's outreach star party. We pointed out the Swan, Casseopea, the Big Dipper lying low in the sky, and showed folks how to find the North Star using the Big Dipper.

One of the things I love about doing this is knowing that people have been looking at the stars and thinking about them, telling stories about them for a very long time. We look up at those slowly dancing lights and are swept away by them. And there, in the moment that we are swept away, we are in the company of every other soul swept into that cosmic dance, I think.

Dipper rides low
Stargazers watch an old dance
You hold my hand

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13 Comments:

Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely post. I love star gazing, wish i knew the constellations better!

10/22/2007 1:16 AM  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

I love the feelings in both the pieces.

10/22/2007 2:34 AM  
Anonymous coconutannies said...

Beautiful sentiments in both pieces! And stars feel so close though far away!

10/22/2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger tumblewords said...

I love the sky. It feels pure, yet. Great post!!

10/22/2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger Greggo said...

lovely sentiments! i love the first one; the feeling of presence you can get when you are alone can be inspiring.

10/22/2007 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Ron said...

I too love these cool Autumn evenings. This reminds me of a remark Yoko Ono made when asked how could she stand it being without John since they had spent 90% if their time together (when he was alive). She replied: Well, now we spend 100% of our time together.
Most of us can attest to this felt sense of presence whether it be the recent loss of loved ones or those of our ancestral past.

10/22/2007 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

These are really wonderful. The notion of ancestors standing near by... and the last one is so sweet. Heart strings definitely sounding.

10/22/2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger the laughing gypsy said...

I'm swept away as well, thank you!

10/22/2007 6:37 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Like both of these a lot. But especially the first ... I have that sense of ancestor presence fairly often. You put it very well, IMHO.

10/22/2007 7:11 PM  
Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

i love the fall sky on a crisp, clear eve...

& to feel the connectedness of eternity & those before us...

10/23/2007 12:21 PM  
Blogger Abzdragon said...

beautiful. I love the crisp, clear autumn nights.

10/23/2007 9:02 PM  
Blogger Plain Foolish said...

Thank you all.

Ron, Rumi said the same thing of Shams of Tabriz.

10/24/2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger megan said...

enjoyed this post...full of truth & beauty. the other side is not so far.

10/28/2007 8:14 PM  

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