Day 12, Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem, Our Galaxy, Our Earth

Inspired by all three images for Day 12

Our Galaxy, Our Earth

“A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars – billions upon billions of stars. Every star may be a sun to someone.”
–Carl Sagan, Cosmos

There are castles and towers to hold and defend,
lighthouse beacons that rise from the sand

whose tiny grains were pounded from rock
then traveled on currents, volcanic shocks

that shifted and shook, forming craggy places
for conquerors and tourists, shell-filled spaces

cherished for history, beauty, charm,
there we walk, arm and arm

with ghosts of ancient people and things
that waft, hover, and take wing

as the sun beats down—our very own star—

Here, we are

the astronomer says, pointing to a tiny dot,
not even a speck, that spot

is our galaxy, and there our sun, please note it can’t be seen–
tinier still, our Earth’s blue and green,

the pale blue dot, our home, sea and land,
an infinitesimal speck resting on time’s endless sand.

I am once again participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art and read the other responses by going to Paul’s site here.

The artists are Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, and Anjum Wasim Dar. Thank you for your wonderful  and inspiring art!

16 thoughts on “Day 12, Ekphrastic Challenge, My poem, Our Galaxy, Our Earth

  1. These are the lines that brought home our place in the cosmos for me, the effect of the end rhymes confirming it:

    whose tiny grains were pounded from rock
    then traveled on currents, volcanic shocks

    that shifted and shook, forming craggy places
    for conquerors and tourists, shell-filled spaces

  2. We had the same sort of idea. All those creations of ours are really very piddling when you think about everything that we’re not, how insignificant even our best efforts are. When we finally blow ourselves up, who in the entire universe will even notice?

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