Contemplating Space

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When the sun retires and the stars began to sparkle,


I go outside and practice my own religion,


I sit, amazed at all that is remarkable


Feeling belittled in my Earthly indecisions.



Instead of bowing my head to pray,


I raise my eyes to behold the sky


I merely sit and ponder, contemplating space.


A freedom of thought, I could never deny.



I imagine the galaxies, those twinkling distant memories,


I am always amazed at the sky’s magnificent serenity


I think about who I am and who I want to be


And imagine the world being affected by me.



I let the tears flow, if that is the case,


As I unravel life’s responsibilities


Because sometimes I feel so small in this place,


When I ponder the endless possibilities.



I think of what’s been done and what can be


And mourn the fates that befall mankind


Knowing I am condemned to freedom,


Solely responsible for keeping or losing my mind.



I allow myself to imagine what wonders may exist,


And like the child of years ago, I still desire


To take off like a rocket into the starry abyss


I pray that is where I end up when I expire.



I feel connected to everything in those moments


And fight the heaviness that takes over my eyes,


The porch light offers its artificial condolence


As I finally, resistant, trudge back inside.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Beautiful poem. I can recall being in a very dark area and the sky above just full of stars. It is a feeling I want again and again. Your poem captures the wonder.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it. Maine is a great place for those who love the night sky. You don't have to go far to see many stars


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Sometimes it is like that in western Oregon too, but clouds often interfere. Better sky watching in eastern part of the state.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Yes I definitely agree. I wish you could see the sky better!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are writing about my personal church. :) If you ever get the chance, star gaze in eastern Montana sometime. You won't believe what you see.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

My personal church, also! = ) I would love to see the sky from many spots in the world. One of my favorites still to this day was the Kern River Canyons in California, near where I grew up. On a clear night you could see the milky way, and it is amazing!


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JimTxMiller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

In my corner of the Rolling Plains I'm pinched between a rock and a hard place, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Oklahoma City! So-so stargazing sites are within reach, but you do have to travel some to get there. That is sorely regrettable. Your beautiful poem has planted the bug within to journey south and west to the Chihuahuan Desert of Brewster County on the Rio Grande. Thanks for sharing!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you Jim and I'm glad I have "planted the stargazing bug". I grew up in California and hated how I could only see a handful of stars at night. When I moved to Maine I was blown away at how many stars I can see every night. I hope you take that journey!


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Thanks for finding me to find you here. You write amazingly with much depth and emotion. Sure i like to stargaze. Your way of expression is very spontaneous and a whole responsibility toward our being in this world is very nicely said here in this poem. Loved every bit of it. Votes up interesting and beautiful. Sharing across too :-)


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Why thank you, my new friend in India! I am honored you enjoy my work, and glad you can share my messages of our responsibilies in this world, in just "being". Thank you for sharing and for reading! Hope all is well on the other side of the world !


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Pleasures all mine indeed. Every things fine this part of the world. And so happy to meet my newest friend in Maine. take care:-)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well no one writes quite like you and I always love when you 'contemplate, poetically speaking' ..... I, too, share this kindred spirit with you, where I live here 100 feet away from the lake and I watch the moon and the sun and the stars every day and night including a gorgeous full moon last night now on the wane over the waves of the lake after midnight when the lake is normally frozen over at this time of year ..... sending warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 11:13am and one of my favorite sayings: My eyes are the camera ......


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Why thank you Epi and I'm glad you like it!


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HLPhoenix 3 years ago

Such magnificent poem...

"Knowing I am condemned to freedom,

Solely responsible for keeping or losing my mind."

Thank you. Sharing.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much HLPhoenix. I am so glad you enjoyed my poem...


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

What thought provoking yet beautifully expressed poem! I join you in your gaze as I (too) contemplate about life and the endless possibilities that of course comes with great responsibilities.

I like how this was gently written and be intensely read in order to capture its highlight and yes, indeed sky is the limit here.

Voted up and sharing its beauty!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Howdy bizarrett81 - Contemplation of the "out" and the "when" presented by the heavens is typically good for an awakening of a sense of time and the space needed for that time. Interesting poem here. Thanks.

Gus :-)))


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

CrisSp- I am so glad you liked my poem and thank you so much for sharing! I still dont think I can trule describe how stargazing makes me feel but I thought I'd try. I'm glad you enjoyed and I hope you have clear skies tonight to see the stars = )


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Howdy to you too, Gus The Redneck, and amusing name you have! I am so glad you enjoyed reading and look forward to sharing work!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

bizarett81: I'd like to let you know that I'm sharing your hub on FB where Hubbers hang-out. I'm not sure, if you're already a member here but just in case, here's the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/103049506537034/ where I'm posting your wonderful poem. Let me know if you'd like to join us. We'll be happy to have you on board. Thanks.


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Rod Rainey 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

LOATH me some light pollution! Beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.


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shahpriya 3 years ago

@ bizarrett81

This is a magnificent poem ....the way you have shared your thoughts ..its so in depth and touching!! Lovely...i love stargazing .. its the time when all my thoughts suddenly pop up in my mind...thanks a lot for sharing!! Have a hub-filled day!! :D


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thoughts220 3 years ago from India

I can relate to the emotion you have o beautifully penned here. Stargazing has always been a way for me to forget myself and feel pulled up into the dark abyss only to have my vision cleared of any frustration or worries that were there before. I love tar-gazing. You have put that amazing experience into a equally impressive word play. Keep up the good work.


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Queen of Cups 3 years ago from a place somewhere in my paradise Etheas.

I completely can relate to this poem!

I always wonder where each star leads and what each glimmer could be; what worlds await in this place beyond me!

Each flicker is like a candle of life, each cloudy body a river in the sky is something to admire and sometimes I get lost in it. Living in Wyoming, the sky is so clear though I'm sure not as clear as other places but nonetheless it is beautiful. Beautiful work with this poem.

You hit spot on my very same thoughts when I star-gaze; given the exception that my thoughts always seem to branch into more.

I love it!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Very clever and I vote up,across and share.

Eddy.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

CrisSp, I submitted a request to join the group. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad and grateful that you enjoyed it so much!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Oh me too! I grew up in Cali so I know a thing or two about light pollution! Glad you enjoyed = )


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

shahpriya I am so glad you enjoyed my poem and can relate. Thank you for reading my words. Keep Stargazing!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

thoughts220- Star gazing can be almost meditative! I love sending my thoughts and worries out into the universe, it is my equivilancy to prayer... I thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Queen Of Cups- I so could have written many more pages of the things that come with the ponderings of stargazing! I totally get what you mean by your thoughts branching out even more- sometimes I can sit there for hours... I am glad you enjoyed and can relate!! Thank you!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Eidwenn- Thank you so much for reading, voting, and sharing. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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Queen of Cups 3 years ago from a place somewhere in my paradise Etheas.

You're quite welcome! Keep up the great work!!!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I don't know how I missed this one. One of my favorites now. This is a very beautiful piece. Thumbs up and lots of buttons clicked!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you, Dad! I remember seeing the Milky Way in the canyons when we would go late at night, that's where my love began!


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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven

Gorgeous poem. I've been noticing the stars in the sky lately a lot too and star wondering similar things. Thank you for sharing. :)


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Caroline! I have always loved the stars = ) Thank you for reading !


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I gaze at the stars and contemplate the improbability of my small existence and feel incredibly grateful for the steady light above me and awestruck by the beauty of the unknown. It's akin to the way I feel standing at the ocean's edge. The vastness, the knowing that it's always there, the power, leaves me overwhelmed with a delicious sense of awesome fear, respect and gratitude. Religion...yes.

Beautiful piece, bizarrett, that rekindled the feeling I get everytime I look at the night sky.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I so know what you mean about the ocean. And the ocean at night? Ah, that's the best... I am so glad you read my poem and that you feel the same way about looking at the stars, it helps me know that I am not alone when I feel so incredibly small gazing at the stars


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Bizarett, the stars, the moon and the sun have been my driving force all my life. In fact, they have inspired much of my poetry. I can so relate to this poem. It's what's above that should guide us, not the recrimination we find on earth. You don't know me yet, but once you do, you'll hear me talk about my rose-colored glasses. They keep me sane and they keep me in tune with what is above and keeps hope right in front of my face and in my heart.

Great poem!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Bravewarrior. I try to keep my rose colored glasses on, and part of "contemplating space" and my existance helps me stay positive and feel like a part of something much bigger then me... Thank your for reading and sharing your thoughts!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Loved this journey among the stars. Lovely poetry. I could sit looking at a starry sky for hours. Passing this on.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Gypsy Rose Lee- I too can sit and stare for hours, if its not too cold = ) That's my problem now, wanting to linger outside but the 12 degree weather makes it difficult. I am glad you enjoyed this and thank you for reading!!


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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Absolutely wonderful bizarrett81...

I love this poem... I do that very thing too... contemplation for me is for His wondrous creation, and through that... I get closer to God

Masterful....


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you Laurinzo, I am glad you enjoyed it = )


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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

I am glad you are a part of Poetry's Place Elizabeth...


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Me too, and I look forward to discovering other's work! Thank you!

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