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The Northern Lights

Updated on May 23, 2019
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Poetry fills a large portion of my life beginning with childhood. Writing is a creative venue and lifelong enjoyment for me.

aurora borealis~

In Alaska far away, up in the frozen skies,

An aura, the aurora borealis on display;

The ionosphere alight with vibrant color,

Curtains of red, green, yellow, and white.

Static electricity, pigments of spectrum,

Crackling, rippling in perfect magnificence;

Phosphorent lights in rhythm, in sequence,

Veil after veil flashing across night skies.

In awe and in wonder, one watches,

What could have created this splendor?

How close it can seem in Arctic terrain,

Ice fog interrupted by its royal presence.

The theater of heaven, and night skies aglow,

The neon’s, the brightness, the grandeur;

From Iceland to Siberia, Canada and Alaska,

Undeniable, Trans-arctic, heavenly;

Wave after wave your eyes take it in,

Spellbound, mystified, awestruck, absorbed..

Warmed within, forgetting the minus forty fahrenheit;

How long will it last, how long can you stand?

Since time began, is it a law in physics,

Or a divine display of stately order?

What is your opinion, what could this be,

Certainly not man, not even thinkable.

You are the spectator, made to wonder,

At bands of intricate order, beauty and grace;

Universe design, before engineering began,

Nothing comparable, not in the skies,

As they are eternal, these Northern Lights.


June 10, 2012

© 2012 Oscar Jones


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    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      6 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I saw them once, at 1am August 12, 2000. I was living in the Seattle area. I worked there as a nursing assistant, and I had just gotten off work and was driving home. The 3/4 moon was setting behind me, but it looked as if it was rising in front of me as well. At first I wondered if I had been transported to Mars, then I noticed the rising moon looked greenish. "This must be an aurora," I thought to myself, knowing most auroras are green. I dialed the aurora hotline in Boulder, CO for the K index; if it's 5 or higher, you can see an aurora in the US. It was 7! So I drove out to the corn fields of Duvall and watched while green fog took over the entire northern sky, shooting white beams towards the center.

      Six months later, I was in Anchorage, AK. I was told even though it doesn't get dark there in August, they saw it too; it was directly overhead.

      The Aurora Hotline number is (303) 497-3235.

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      6 years ago

      A great description of the Northern Lights. It is all of God's creation. Amazing.

      I lived in the Highlands of Scotland for 11 years and was blessed to see this wonderful display on 3 occasions. Very humbling. God Bless Oscarlites! does undoubtedly happen more frequently in the Highlands, it is just about whether you are blessed to be out and about when it is seen. usually late at night.

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      Oscar Jones 

      7 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      yes. it is amazing the natural wonders of the skies..

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I first heard about this while doing a 4 th grade project on Alaska. I believe it to be the most fascinating phenomenon in nature. Great poem!

    • Oscarlites profile imageAUTHOR

      Oscar Jones 

      7 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      I didn't realize you could see them from europe... sorry I overlooked.. you are right.. they are beautiful!!!

    • BJC profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Love the Northern Lights! Growing up in Europe I could see them on summer nights and they're truly beautiful!


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