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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The night sky's poetry

The sky at night often can inspire writers and we’ve been treated to some especially inspirational sky scenes this month in Colorado.  Of course, it hasn’t hurt that on many evenings it’s been weather akin more to late April or early May than the heart of winter (nothing like 55 degrees at 9 p.m. to make night sky watching more palatable!).    On many nights the sweep of bright stars across the sky has been truly breathtaking. 

And then last night after our first real snow in a month, I was driving home and noticed that while the stars were mostly obscured by the high clouds that still filled most of the sky, the pale moon glinting through the trees onto the new-fallen snow created a terrific scene in its own right.  This Sara Teasdale poem, while focused more on the stars than the moon, still nicely reflects the February night sky’s beauty. 
Starlight or moonlight, it really matters not; both create writers’ moments.  Enjoy.  

February Twilight
"I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.
There was not other creature
That saw what I could see,
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me." 

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