I have read about the Milky Way, I’ve have fantasies of stars, I know that they should twinkle, but only once I’ve seen the magnitude of stars, the Milky Way, the star of stars that span across the velvet night. I live in the far north, and summer-nights are short. I only know the brightest of the constellations, Orion’s belt, the big dipper (or the big bear as I prefer to call it) and the polar star. But many years ago we went camping in the woods northeast of Phoenix, the summer night was much cooler than in the desert far below, but still much warmer than I’ve seen at home. We were unprepared for darkness and had to search for matches, torches and our camping stove, but as we fumbled in the darkness, you stopped, exclaimed “look, above”, and behind the canopies of pines I saw, for the first and only time, a perfect road of light, our galaxy, the Milky Way.
warm pine needles
this cicada lullaby —
milky way above
Today Toni take care of Haibun Monday at dVerse, and the topic is on night and stars. Be sure to read it, there is a lot of inspiration to be found in her article. This is my one of favorite songs by the way.
September 5, 2016