Stars Whisper Back

May 30, 2015
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I don’t know if anyone but
Astronomers and physicists
Go stargazing anymore.

And by stargazing I don’t mean
Looking up to see a sky and air pollution
And shadows and blurs and remnants
of what once was utter glory
I don’t mean passively looking
And counting;
Which is, though calming,
undoubtedly quite pointless
I don’t mean watching and not seeing
I most definitely do not mean
staring into the distance
to conversation’s effect

I do go stargazing.
Often with a friend or two.
They may or may not know what it
Truly encompasses
Here I shall put it before you

I walk and walk around to
discover areas where the sky
is by air and light
less defiled
then I lay down whether ‘tis
grass or cement
with my head granted quite a view.
A place such where these
Ethereal forms are clear and bright
And winking at me ever so subtly
I blush

As I hold them close,
Despite the distance of
A kazillion light years in between,
They make me feel more petite
And for the first time in forever,
feeling small is good.
For I lose myself in their immensity
Like when I was ten and would go to the sea
with my father and we would just stand
and I would dig my toes in deep
to brave a wave
and the Ocean would engulf me.
And all frights and flaws would crumble
And all pain dissolve

And I wonder endlessly,
Introspecting and inspecting.
I don’t just look I see,
I don’t just see I talk.

Then as I just lay there for hours
whispering my deepest darkest
fears into their fiery hearts
Sometimes I hear them murmur back
Often I do get answers

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EPluribusUnum This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm
Stars are incredible, both for their mythology and the surreal reality of their existence. They're basically ghosts! It's funny, I just went stargazing with a friend this weekend. We couldn't find a way onto the football field and the streetlights were making it really hard to see, so we snuck onto some tennis courts and lay down there. It was amazing, so beautiful it was strange, like being a character in a novel. :)
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