Sunday, May 11, 2008

NightSky and Stars

Here's something I wrote some time ago, and posted here before. It's one of my personal favourites.

I know, another re-post.



Night sky
photo by Daniele Musella
image from morguefile.com





NightSky and Stars




      What myriad secrets you hold up there
      we can only boldly guess
      Your mysteries, time locked
      & unwilling yet to share.

What light i saw
could have been born a billion years before

you are ancient legends, retold over glowing fires
domains of the gods, we are told.
In time, as we grew wiser,
we dared, we probed your dark canvas.

Your depth, i could not fathom
the immense distance you span.
If i could live a million reincarnations,
i guess i could not traverse you from end to end.

Tonight, on such a cold night,
in a miniscule niche on a blue planet,
as i lift my eyes to the vastness above,
the stars, they spoke to me in lights of life.

On this planet, spinning, are we.
Solar Planetary System, #3

      ashes to earth to life to earth to ashes
      trilobites in shale, archaeopteryx in amber
      Beatles on wax, memories in silicon brains
      man chasing gold chasing dreams chasing fame

now what light i saw
could have been me a billion years before.

*** DEC 1987 ***


© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 )

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12 Comments:

Blogger dsnake1 said...

Sorry folks, i just realised that i have reposted this piece about a year ago, so this post is actually a re-repost. (if there's such a word)

please bear with this memory lapse. :)

12 May, 2008 22:59  
Blogger polona said...

still love it, especially the powerful ending.

13 May, 2008 03:15  
Blogger magiceye said...

it still is a brilliant one! aah.. the mysteries of nature!

13 May, 2008 15:40  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

polona,
thank you.

yeah, i really like the ending too. :)

magiceye,
yes, the mysteries of the universe..:)

13 May, 2008 19:02  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Does not matter if it is a repost. I liked reading it!

14 May, 2008 00:08  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

gautami,
thank you!

i was earlier at your blog and you had written a post about sleeplessness, and now here i am replying at 12:30 a.m. :)

14 May, 2008 00:35  
Blogger Deborah Vatcher said...

It's a wonderful time machine, the night sky. Loved this meditation.

16 May, 2008 21:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

deborah,
thank you. :)

in a way, the stars are like time machines, because the light that reaches us today could have started their journey hundreds, if not millions of years ago.

16 May, 2008 23:06  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

the ending is wonderful!!

16 May, 2008 23:47  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

i like the ending too, andrew. :)

thank you!

18 May, 2008 12:04  
Blogger S.L. Corsua (a.k.a. "Soulless") said...

The last two stanzas linger in my head like a catchy song (it flows with such melody), and the images they elicit -- magical (fantastic). ;) Cheers.

01 June, 2008 22:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Soulless,
it's great to hear from you again. :)

yah, this piece is one of my favourite works.

02 June, 2008 00:06  

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