it has been clear and sunny for the last several days here in georgia. i knew that
the Leonid meteor shower was one of the best sky shows of the year. at 10 pm,
the sky was cloudless, and i was determined to get up and sit in the yard
to watch the eastern sky before dawn. i am very lucky to have a good sky, here
on the farm, for viewing the moon and stars….over the broad eastern pastures,
and to the south there is perfect darkness. the air was pleasantly chilly.
although often at this time of year, one can get too shivery to endure the wait.
my quilt and fuzzy slippers did me fine; the dogs were good company.
at 4 AM the sky was streaked with bluish light. most were quick and short, but
every so often there would be a long trail. the beauty of the bright firmament above
held me in a trance. i felt one with everything in the universe…nourishing my soul.
by 5:30, they had become infrequent-less visible- as morning came to pull me
away from such timeless union, and back to the body’s wants and needs. i returned to
my world, built a morning fire and made coffee. i am still contemplating this
“enlightenment”experience, and so i wrote this sonnet.
i hope you got to enjoy the show!
– Meteors –
awake before the dawning light
i hurry out into the night.
the moon is down, the heavens glow
with shooting stars; from here below,
it seems they dance the sky so free
and something stirs inside of me,
that sings in stellar harmony.
bright streaking sparks of distant fire
are said to grant your hearts desire.
my soul embraces beauty’s flight,
content to sit in silent night
a witness to this holy light.