I like watching stars
Under more favorable night skies
Doing this gives me delight

And unbelievably lots of insights.

The wonderful sight of stars sparkling
Generates an indescribable feeling.
Imagine, they are drifting in dark silence without string:
A natural phenomenon—orderly and awe-inspiring.

Ahhh! I can’t help but be amazed
While beholding the spectacular fraction of the universe.
My range of vision deprives me to look out into deep space
Nevertheless, good enough to confirm the existence of a grand project.

When I stargaze,
My mind would usually get distorted.
It entertains and weighs possibilities
Like the existence of extra-terrestrial beings.

Hmmm, I know it takes light years to reach the nearest star.
Thus, quite impossible to get there though aboard the fastest space car.
Powerful space and ground-based telescopes have been invented so far.
So, if ever I have distant neighbors lurking somewhere in the abyss,
I would just be contented in knowing what they look like and how they are.

I would likewise keep a ready eye
To catch a look at occasional appearance of meteorites
As well as orbiting man-made satellites.
Both I sometimes mistaken for nuclear missiles.

Stars, asteroids, and comets
Are some of what we call heavenly bodies.
They could be found in different types of galaxies.
Galaxies of which there are billions—countless.

It is said we are in the Milky Way.
Our solar system occupies a relatively small region in this galaxy.
In a bird’s eye view, our planet is very much tiny.
It turns out we’re nothing but a dot—that is what astronomers say.

Earth is such a small planet,
However, its inhabitants are proud/ pride-filled.
It is accordingly brought about by human species’
Failure of understanding and—shortsightedness.

I would directly dismiss thoughts like this tragic human story
And switch my mind to things like scientific discovery.
There was this instance when I remembered Edmond Halley
Who predicted the reappearance of a cosmic celebrity.

Halley’s Comet reappears in every 76 years.
It was 1985 when last seen by stargazers.
It’s once in a lifetime chance to meet this cosmic phenomenon face to face
So if God permits, I expect myself being one of the 7.5 billion earthlings waiting for its next visit.

But what if superpowers engage in nuclear war?
Will planet earth be around in 2061?
Perhaps, by then, mankind would have been wiped out by a nuclear explosion
That only the stars witness what’s going on…

Posted by:Kenjie Suarez

Ken currently lives in China working as an ESL teacher. When he is not teaching, he builds websites and writes blogs. He also helps teachers obtain a TESOL certificate and get a teaching job in China.

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