Art & Poetry: Look up

Night Sky

The deep dark of the night sky with its countless stars has been holding humanity in awe from time immemorial. Yet, how may nights go by without us glancing at the sheer beauty of its immense spread. How many nights do we spend staring at the inane glare of the TV screen, the empty walls of a room, dust clogged lustreless windows...

It is time we look up, put our tiny speck into perspective. To marvel at the glory of the universe. To admire the beauty that surrounds us.

It is also time to look around at those who love us, those who appreciate our company and take solace in the wonder of love.

Look up


When the burden of life


When tears refract

The light of life

When the dust of reality

Clogs life’s windows-


Stare at the night sky

Billion stars

Blink ancient messages

Across space

Light from eons

Reaches our eyes

Engraving the retina

Silence echoes

Through deep dark blues

As galaxies

Move out (or in?)


The magnitude, the breadth,

The wonder of mind,

The Universe

Light still travels

Through empty spaces

But cannot exist

Without darkness

Do your worries

Still orbit

The sun in your brain

Or does the white heat

Of stars

Sear them away

Into dust

To look within

We need to

Look without

Look up

Look around

Or just,

Look at me




As our gravity


In a celestial dance.

Closer yet far

Fast yet slow

Now, Let go of the windowsill

Let's soar

For I orbit


As you, me.

Painting by Aisling Rice
Painting by Aisling Rice

Looking up

Sometimes the same emotion maybe captured by different creative heads. When my friend Aisling Rice read this poem, it reminded her of a painting she had done expressing the same feeling.... It is kind of her to let me use her painting with my poem.... Thanks Aisling!

© 2011 Mohan Kumar

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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Beautiful. Deep, passionate, interstellar.

Thanks for the comment and follow.

Up, beautiful, awesome

I will be reading more

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


You have a fan in me.

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved this one too, Doc.

"To look within

We need to

Look without

Look up

Look around

Or just,

Look at me."

I am hooked on your hubs, Doc. :)

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Just when I think, no, he can't top that one...this falls from the stars right into my arms and the Heaven's light up. And, much as I'd like to quote phrases or certain words that I love, I'd have to put each and every phrase, just as you put it, here.

Simply Red is one of my favorites...yet, this song, too, like an unexpected gift, so perfect, so exquisite, is new to me. I am going to play it all day and get a copy to listen to in my car. And, it is perfect here at the tail of your most gorgeous constellation of light and beauty. You, Docmo, are a star!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@BenWritings, thank you very much. Your poems are amazingly insightful and interesting. so thank you for finding mine.

@WillStarr, thank you for the support, pardner.

@Genna, hooked is good! I thrive on comments and feedback and it makes me wanna write more and write well.

@Amy, what can I say. ' falls from the stars right into my arms' - what a wonderful place to land ;-) I am glad I put up the Stars song it is one of my all time favourites. Thanks again, Amy.

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Ashantina 5 years ago

Simply beautiful Docmo!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

thank you Ashantina.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

May "the dust of reality never clog (your) life's windows," Docmo. Exquisitely said!

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I love looking up at the stars! It feels like we're a part of it in spirit and I long to venture up there. These were beautiful words you wrote. Sometimes looking up at the stars do sear my worries away to dust!

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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

Look up and look out! docmo is a star!

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miss_jkim 5 years ago

So nice. This is very soothing and heals the heart.

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@drbj, thank you and same to you!

@Fossillady, fellow stargazer, I know you will understand how that helps!

@Nikki, how nice, you've made my day!

@miss_jkim, thanks for dropping by and reading this. I am glad it soothes. Mission accomplished!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This was excellent Docmo! Thank you!

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

This is beautiful! You made me unlatch. *smile*

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kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

This is very beautiful

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@realhousewife .. thank you very much!

@justsilvie.. hope you stay 'unlatched' for those moments in life ;-)

@kathryn .. that is very kind, Ta.

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instantlyfamily 5 years ago

This is exceptional, DOCMO.

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

What a beautiful poem. Docmo, you have a kind and wonderful spirit. It comes through in everything you write.

up/ and very beautiful

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@ instantlyfamily - thank you for dropping by and your kind comments.

@ Fay - thank you very much!

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Kosmo 5 years ago from California

You gotta love a poem that uses words such as periapsis and apoapsis! (I'm also an astronomy buff.) You know, dark energy is all around us; we would be nothing without it. Later!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

You don't say? With a name like Kosmo it was a given! Thanks very much for dropping by and enriching this hub ( and winning the prize for getting and mentioning apo and periapsis) - come by again soon, don't be Halley's!

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

Love this, Docmo. Beautiful pictures. The night sky is a perfect place to lose yourself.

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blondey 5 years ago from Boston, MA

Profound and uplifting, great work here Docmo!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@Dexisview- Thanks very much!

@blondey - I ma really glad you like this! x

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Incredible. I was captivated from the very first verse.

That painting is amazing. So full of life and emotion. You have such a gift of writng and of attaching images that compliment it so well that the words and image become one. That is not easy to do.

fyi -I love the night sky. It is capitvating. I find an odd comfort wherever I am once I locate Orion or the Big Dipper. (They are the easiest to find where I am. One of these days I will learn to find more) Some of my most cherished memories of the time I spent in Kenya are those of the stars. With no artificial light to compete, you could see billions of them. Even the thick band of the milky way. I had a favorite star outsite of our quarters and I would look up at it every night. Thank you for bringing that memory back to the surface. :)

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

I too love the night sky. We moved 3 years ago to a house that stands on the edge of a small hill, away from the town, with lots of farmland and not many houses at all. There is no light pollution and the night sky is lit with billions of stars with a clear view of the horizon on cloudless days. The view behind the house is 360 degrees and it takes my breath away whatever the season. The night sky inspired this poem- as you may have guessed! thanks Dana.

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

Astronomy is a subject that is dear to me. For you to combine astronomy references and the beauty of the night sky with the imagery of your words is almost too much to bear.

I was fortunate in that I spent a month in Tahiti several years ago on a NASA-related astronomy assignment. Seeing the southern sky from as dark a venue as a Tahitian golf course, with no light pollution, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Great poem, Mohan! Does wonders for the imagination!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm sharing your poem on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and with hubbers because I really like it! It carries a strong message giving food for thought. Thanks for writing this and thanks for you!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

"I orbit you" I love that succinctly says you are my universe. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I will think of this when I 'stare at the night sky'.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Wow! thats what I tend to do when I am fed up or depressed! I love looking at the stars, so this certainly hit the spot! Lovely!

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I love this, Docmo, I love how looking up into our galaxy puts perspective into our individual trifflings as humans. I also love your way with words:

"When the dust of reality

Clogs life’s windows-


Magical poetry that opens minds and hearts. All my votes to you and SHARING!!!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, beautiful writing that goes well with your friend's painting. Very well done! Many votes!

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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Another beautiful poem Docmo! Beautiful images and word images swirling through my brain. Voted up, beautiful and awesome. :)

D. Juris-stetser 4 years ago

Simply perfect....there's no other word for it. I love it. Awesome, beautiful, and voted up...

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Docmo, I love the way you expressed yourself and your admiration for the beauty of our universe. When looking at the stars it does make one feel like such a tiny part of an enormous thing. When we moved to the country away from the bright lights of the city, we were astounded by the incredible views of the stars. After twenty some years it is still an amazing sight.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm going outside to "look up" I just might possibly spot my planet. Awesome poem! :)

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Such a beautiful night to read this beautiful poem. There is a full moon peeking through my pine trees.

I enjoyed the read. I voted it UP, etc.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mohan, really enjoyed this. I was contemplating the universe yesterday and thinking about all of the people who had existed before me and that I am no more than a speck of dust in the great scheme of things - your poem brings home to me that whilst I'm here though, I exist and I exist with and for the other people with me now, the people I love ....your poem is beautiful and I need to stop having such deep thoughts when I'm out for my morning walk :o)

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

The new video accompanying your poem is stunning! You've created another brilliant piece of artwork, polymath. Well done!

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D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

Epic, elegant, captivating....the cosmos sings and you've put the music in your poem....Docmo, I keep thinking when I read your work 'Wow! you've outdone yourself here, Mohan", and then you come with one after another 'new Superlative's' This is truly beautiful, romantic, and 'speaks' to my passion for the night sky, stars and moon...Voting UP, beautiful, awesome, interesting. Thank you so muchfor this!!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Your films are unbelievable! I love the song and the paintings/images were beautiful. The poem is exquisite. I am awed by your talent. Thank you for once again mezmerizing us with it.

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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

I found this hauntingly beautiful, it created a special aura around me!! Thank you, voted up :)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I can't say enough about this beautiful poem. This should be on every Valentine card this year!! Awesome. Voted up and shared.

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Docmo 3 months ago from UK Author

Thank you all again for your moving and warming comments.

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vocalcoach 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I begin my day by greeting the sky and end the evening by looking up again.

What a lovely hub this is!

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Docmo 3 months ago from UK Author

Thank you Audrey - much appreciated.

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