In darkness, in the mantling of the night,
When Earth is calm, and troubling noises cease,
I turn with wonder-looking eyes, to please
My dulled senses, from the day’s untranquil sight:
And first gaze upon heavens lesser light,
The moon, who’s beams far into space, she shines;
Next to the farther planets, who’s bright lines
I trace in a trajectory of might;

And over all holds the dominion of the stars,
Numberless, in endless infinities of space,
Old, perhaps their very being is a place,
Untouched, of which we may not breach the bars;
And farther still lie worlds on worlds to chase,
And unknown caverns of eternity to trace!


Featured Image: A photograph of the stars from Hawaii, Quincy Dein Photography.

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