Perspective-Pale Blue Dot

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Captured by Cassini,

a world so far away,

I sit and stare

in awe,

thrilled, afraid

feeling like a resident

of Whoville,

just lingering,

fragile, on a clover

knowing how many ways,

in an instant,

it could just all be over.

This is the photograph "Pale Blue Dot" taken by Voyager 1 that Carl Sagan famously referenced.
This is the photograph "Pale Blue Dot" taken by Voyager 1 that Carl Sagan famously referenced. | Source

As the great Sagan said,

That's here. That's home. That's us”

every living soul who is

and was and will be

on a mote of dust,

suspended in a sunbeam

The impact

of that perspective,

I've never felt so small

I can't see this view,

after all,

I'm just too small

la petite princess

pulling out baobab trees

working myself to death

as magical things

happen out there

all around me

I long to leave,

Oh, how I wish

I was suspended

nestled in the fabric

of space

I wish I could

safely exist

in some different place

perhaps soaring

through nebulae

dodging gamma rays

I want to dance

upon Saturn's rings

and hear if the universe

can really sing

songs of

the Big Bang

that beautiful white noise

sounds of ancient times

I wish I could last forever

so I could witness

the unfolding of time

But alas, I know

all too well, entropy

I would watch

my pale blue dot

fade,

then be forgot

So instead,

I wait with anticipation

anxious

for technology's

newest creations

I'm ecstatic to exist

in this time of discovery

Makes me believe

there's a possibility

that my son's

generation may go

“where no man has gone before”

I can only hope.

For now, I dream

that I am suspended

in a sunbeam.

Comments 32 comments

Vincent Moore 3 years ago

What a delightfully interesting hub, I felt suspended in space along with you, that little blue dot, so small among the space around me. Floating and visualizing all that came before me and all that would be pronounced in the future. Like a movie, I watched and everything expanded around me as I felt so insignificant to the infinity surrounding me. I loved how you captured all these feelings of wonderment and feeling like a resident of Whoville, I like that. Thank you for sharing this fine poem, both you and your father are true artists and I am pleased to read your work.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Why thank you Vincent. I feel honored to have you read my hub (I have read your work and seen your interactions with my father) and to imagine floating around in space with me! It is a great meditation for me, to just sit and stare at the stars, to let my mind wonder and soar with history and the future and all that is and could be. I imagine people that don't must feel dead inside!

Again, I am honored. I must revisit some of your Hubs that I have read before; I do much of my hopping on work breaks on my "smart" phone that never seems to like to follow through with the "post" button.

Thank you again


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Poetic talent runs deep in your family. This was a treat, a wonderful way to call it a day....the images were simply exquisite.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Elizabeth,

My goodness girl, apparently lead paint chips weren't on the menu in your house growing up! :D ... You're so smart! (That doesn't mean I'm dumb... lol) Honestly, there is so much in this piece, I'm just blown away. I love how you really made me think and my interpretations just continued to change throughout the reading. I love how you constructed this, it really is an excellent write and I love, love, love the message!

Voted up and others ~ Sharing too!

Cat


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ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

Cat ... great work, and I really had fun with this! Keep it up UP UP UP


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thanks so much Bill, I am glad you enjoyed it! And I agree the one of Saturn and Earth blows me away!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

My dear beautiful daughter. You continue to amaze me. I can't imagine someone being able to ponder these sort of things. :-)


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Cat

Thank you so much. As for lead paint, I'm sure our old house had much of it, luckily it didn't taste very good = D I am so glad you enjoyed it, and were able to keep up with my references LOL I wasn't sure if anyone else ever took French and had to read about baobab trees, but sometimes I feel connected to that little prince on his asteroid, wanting to explore the universe. I am glad you took the trip with me = ) Thank you so much for reading and sharing !


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Ziyena, Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you had fun!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Dad, I have always been so impacted by the enormity and complexity of the universe. I don't know if you remember or not how much I loved reading about space, and how I looked forward to Star Trek every week on primetime, and for a few years as a child my biggest dream was to go to space camp and then become an astronaut = D Erika is the same, I tell you, we have had probably some of the geekiest conversations about space and infinity, sitting under the stars for hours, contemplating everything.

I'm glad you like it, and thanks for always encouraging us to explore, question, and READ! Love you!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Amazing piece, biz. I found myself floating in space with you. Lordy, you have some deep thoughts!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thanks so much bravewarrior. And yes, my thoughts can go deep, which can be a bad thing sometimes!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Elizabeth,

Well, I did take French in for 4 years in school and another 2 in college, but this is still, well above me :D... It's unimportant though; it's clearly just a wonderful piece, even if we struggle to put it together. That's part of the beauty of art, it is what we get out of it. I can definitely relate to wanting to explore the universe and I love that unique, deep mind of yours!

I just saw something you've done with PB and J that I must get to soon!

Have a terrific day and stay away from those paint chips :D

Cat


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Funny you mention paint, Cat, that's been my summer project-painting our apartment. I won't be in paint chips today but will have some paint on me, I'm sure!

Thanks again!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well Miss Elizabeth of poetic excellence and a mind which goes beyond Star Trek and the next frontier - that is the greatest hat I've ever seen on any lady in quite some time - and talking about 'hats' you also wear many in your different styles of writing.

It's so nice to hang out with you again and hear from you on my humble little page - I hope all is well in Maine these days and that you are having a happy and safe and healthy summer and your homework assignment today is check out a film I know you will love (your dad might have seen this one) called Silent Running starring Bruce Dern and featuring the music of Joan Baez. You should find it on you tube.

Will post and link your wonderous page here to FB for all to see and read and sending warm wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 11:34am


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

You bring back memories Colin. I saw silent running in the theater when I was a boy. Great movie.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you a hundred times over, colin, for your always novel comments. I am happy to say Maine is beautiful right now, not too hot! Hope the weather is fair for you, as well. I will have to check out this movie! Thank you again and I hope Tiffy and Gabriel are behaving!


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vkwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

So epic! Really love this poem!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Guess what 'Lizabeth?!? My summer project has been painting the outside of my house! lol... Thank goodness they've stopped using lead, but yes, I have been sporting paint all summer, earthy tones... so it's all good :D

Good luck with the painting :D


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

Yes, the universe is huge and endless and we are so small in comparison to it. Your words are so profound and absolutely beautiful. I think this is my favorite one.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much vwok!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Cat-

Painting sucks. That is all

LOL


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much janetwrites. Ever since I was a child I loved letting my mind soar into the universe. I am glad you enjoyed it !


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a beautiful poem. Those words could have come out of my own head, as they have all been there for many years. You made them all come to life for me. Great job.

But, what else could i expect from someone who resides in Maine - my favorite state - my birth state.


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bizarrett81 2 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much d.william, somewhere in the South, and lucky you, not up here in the frigid cold of Maine winter. I bet that is the part you don't miss, right? I am so glad you liked my poem and comforted to know there are others who feel the same = )


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Currently living in Florida until i can sell my property. I cannot wait to move back to Maine again. That is my "final destination" to conclude this long earthly sojourn.


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bizarrett81 2 years ago from Maine Author

My father lives in Florida, I keep trying to get him to come here but, he hates the cold. I can't say I don't blame him! I lived in FL for a bit too, but I think Maine does something to make you always want to go back.


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south

I agree. When i moved to Fla i really enjoyed the heat. Now i cannot tolerate it at all. Most old people move to Florida for the heat - i have always been the opposite of most people. L.O.L. My whole family has moved back to Maine - i am the last one to get there.


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bizarrett81 2 years ago from Maine Author

My sisters are here so the cousins are all together at least. The heat is what I could not stand, with the humidity! I would take a Maine summer over a Florida one any day


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Incredibly beautiful poem and as lofty like they should be.

Always remain ecstatic, even at the last you have a right to be. But not yet, no, no, not yet, somewhere far away into the cosmic plan. Loving thoughts my poetess sister.


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bizarrett81 2 years ago from Maine Author

I love your comment manatita44, "cosmic plan". Thank you so much for reading, and I'm glad you enjoyed it = )


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Yes, Cosmic plan, but that's another discussion. At least two of my recent poems include this. Much Love and Light.

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