Out in the country this week
gazing at the night sky
will send a jolt of energy
straight into your heart. The stars
are thick; the longer you look
the deeper the layers of tiny lights,
and then
the Milky Way comes
into focus. Oh my…

This week is the time of year
on Earth’s circle round the sun
that we pass through that ancient comet dust
we call the Perseids. And so we go out
watching for streams of bright white light
to burst into our sight.
In the first hours of August 13
we have the best chance to see
meteors. And this year, with no moonlight,
they were more visible to us.
I was in the city, around people
who make the annual observance,
sometimes traveling into the country
for the best chance to see the most
meteors. This year, the effort was less
and we sat in their front yard,
on the edge of the city
just before dawn. Very few stars
were visible through the city light. Still,
we did see a few bursts of light streams arc
across the northern sky. Every one,
sheer delight.
And in between, in the quiet
of the end of night,
the beginning of a new day,
we cast our view out
for a little while
into the vast cosmos,
aware of moving
imperceptibly, passing
through that ancient trail
of cosmic dust.

And so today
we go about our seemingly huge life
on planet Earth,
just a little more aware
of our place—
this “tiny blue dot”—
in the magnificent life
of the universe.