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Updated on August 14, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Head back against my saddle seat, I watch the night sky

I see the stars, the comet tails, as the night show goes by

God’s night time canvas, painted for all mankind to see

Something up there to share from afar between you and me


What a vast expanse of beauty cast upon a background of black

The shooting stars arc across the face onward on their track

Constellations there from time on end meeting all man’s eyes

An artful etching from God’s hand upon the nighttime skies


My thoughts turn to ocean voyages many centuries in the past

Fearless men gone to sea; an unknown, fearful future cast

The stars of the night guided their way and brought them home

Another gift from God to guard them safe wherever they might roam


I gaze upon one bright star yet do not know it by its name

I wonder if someone else somewhere is staring at the same

Man has searched the stars on end looking to solve the mystery

To find tiny things lurking there which tell more of our history


Could it be there is no reason for the formations in heaven’s light?

Could it be that mankind is all alone to face the star-lit night?

Some same yea and shake their heads signaling doubt of God’s touch

Saying let it go and move along, the answers do not matter much


That may be so for them but not the case for a cowboy like me

When I lay back on the saddle, I know it’s God’s stars that I see

Let them believe what they want, it matters little to this ol’ hand

What matters most is knowing God did it…and he’s the one who can




The vast heavens of night sky

Just darkness overhead

Why is it that we don’t try

To see the stars instead?


The lights of the world all aglow

Draw the attention of the eye

Thou darkness holds heaven’s show

To see for those who try


Shooting stars and comet tails streak by

Like a celebration every night

Constellations appear as a nightly sight

Telling stories to the star-gazer’s delight


If God did create it all, the proof is up above

The lights glowing in the blackened sky

Strike the awesome details of his enduring love

And remind us all the answer when we ask why?



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    • acaetnna profile image


      6 years ago from Guildford

      I completely agree with you Wayne ... thank you so much.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @acaetnna.....Thank you. Many of us are blinded by the surrounding city glow and cannot find the stars of night anymore...what a shame as the sight of that big canvased sky decorated with God's work is surely a painting of one his greatest gifts to ~WB

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      6 years ago from Guildford

      Wow simply beautiful, this is a remarkable hub. I always love your poetry and imagery.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Well Doc, that about sums it up for me. I could get a case of the big head if mama hadn't raised me better! LOL! Thank you so much for those kind words. WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      So beautiful, Wayne. Your talent for writing and poetry shines as clear and as bright as any star in the firmament. I have spoken!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Thank you, Ken. This one has been tugging at my mind for a couple of weeks wanting out. I was finally able to let it go. The night sky certainly has enough complexity to be the face of doubt. Thanks for those good words. WB

      @Martie Coester...Great lines Martie and I love the story about the church. The song "Southern Cross" as written by Stephen Stills is a beauty and really lingers on my heart...I envy your view. WB

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Wayne, I've stolen these few paragraphs from Wikipedia -

      The opening lines of South African composer Koos du Plessis' Christmas carol, 'Somerkersfees' (Summer Christmas) are:

      Welkom o stille nag van vrede (Welcome, o silent night of peace)

      Onder die suiderkruis (Beneath the Southern Cross)

      There is a town called Suiderkruis (Southern Cross) in the Western Cape province of South Africa,

      After identifying a need for a church for Afrikaans speakers living in Holland, a church was established in Leusden and is known as Suiderkruis Kerk. (Southern Cross Church)

      PS: Yes, we can see it in all its glory.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful imagery my friend, I saw what you saw through your eyes as you leaned back in yer saddle. I can remember many a night when I drove my 18 wheeler across your beautiful country especially the Western states, the moon hung so low over Wyoming,Texas and Montana I felt I could reach up and touch it.

      The tapestry of stars surrounded the Moon and I knew there was a God out there ready to show it's face to us all some day. Yet maybe just maybe what we look up at every dark night is God. I rest my case until I cross over to the other side of our galaxy to find out for myself like many others have. Great scribe my Texas friend, you nailed this one big time.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Silver Poet...Thank you, I appreciate those kind words! WB

      @attemptedhumor...I think the only thing we had with stars in it was "The Twilight Zone"! LOL! WB

      @thebluestar...I remember "Abbott & Costello" and the "Amos n' Andy" series which was eventually banned from U.S. television because some folks thought it painted a poor picture of the black race but there have been far worse more modern shows which have done greater damage. WB

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Wayne, this poem is so beautiful. I actually wanted to dash outside and watch our sky tonight. We are lucky in as much as the town is behind us and if we look forward over the countryside we have a beautiful sky too. I remember the programme to which attenptedhumour refers too. Thanks Chris for the memories. What about Abbot and Costello?

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Wayne, it was on UK TV in the late fifties and sixties, maybe the early seventies too. We used to watch the show at about 10pm then push our bed against the window and stare up at the stars. We would see a shooting star more often than one might imagine. We also watched I love Lucy, Bewitched, Laurel and Hardy etc, for a bit of balance. We didn't quite make it as Astronomers, but we gave it our best shot. Cheers buddy.

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      Silver Poet 

      7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Awesome poem. Awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Ken R. Abell...Thanks much, are out there under that "big sky" world right now...enjoy the show! WB

      @A.A. Zavala....Yes, it's an unbelievable mixture of lights and motion. WB

      @writer20...We lose a part of ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the city life. I think it probably kills us a little faster than the alternative in the process of seeking instantaneous gratification and convenience. There is something about the big sky and the absolute quiet of the night in the outlying countryside that pulls at your arm and beckons you to come see. We all might be a little wiser if we spent a bit more time listening to the quiet and gazing to the heavens. Thanks much for the great comments. WB

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Before moving here we lived in Big Bear Lake, CA. at 6800 ft high. I had forgotten that there were so many beautiful stars over my head, I used to watch them until a got a neck ache.

      This is a wonderful poem.

      Sometimes I think this city has been forgotten by God, as so many bad things happen here.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas

      God's easal is right. Must be playing marbels when we see shooting stars. Awesome!

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      Ken R. Abell 

      7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Yowzers! This is stunning. Enjoyed it much. Thanks.

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      THAT Mary Ann 

      7 years ago

      Lovely descriptions and well-written...Voted up and beautiful, Wayne.

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      7 years ago

      Wayne, you never cease to make me wonder if I don't like poetry a hell of a lot more than I think I do. This is beautiful, and brought more than one tear to my eye. Bless you, dear one. You are a treasure, for certain!

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      7 years ago from New York

      GOD ARE YOU GOOD! You seriously are amazing Mr. Brown. I read all your hubs and vote up and awesome. You have a gift my friend!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      God's easel. This is so simply true and beautiful that I will simply say Thank You.

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      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      As a child, I dearly loved to ride in the back of the truck and night time was my favorite because of the stars. The way the shown through the tree limbs was breathtaking to see. Thanks for bringing that back. As always, simply fantastic.

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      7 years ago

      The poem is magnificent. Through your words I can see that magnificent sky. Thank you. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Wayne,

      I must say I am not jealous because here in Jamaica it's a regular sight. The downside is that many locals don't see it because they have no idea how to enjoy God's paintings. They don't see the beauty easily.

      You describe it so well.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Awesome poem! So many lines I "feel" and love including the title.

      Another gift from God to guard them safe wherever they might roam -- shows a purpose.

      I wonder if someone else somewhere is staring at the same -- shows a connection. Every time I gaze at the stars I wonder who else is looking - someone I might know or not. What are their joys and burdens tonight?

      The mythology around the constellations is interesting too.

      We take kids to "the country" for an overnight every fall. Many have never canoed, eaten a s'more, or seen a shooting star. We go on a night hike with no flashlights -- only the light from the sky. Quite beautiful (and scarry for those like me thinking about snakes and the like). Ha! The pictures in the video are amazing. They don't look real - like something from a sci-fi movie.

      What a beautiful night journey!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Martie Coester....Can you see the Southern Cross?...I suppose might. There are fewer places in America that allows one to really see the sky...most out west in the wide open spaces. There's something so serene in seeing at that expanse and depth...nothing like it. WB

      Poohgranma...I am sure that star was a special one and possibly held a message of comfort as it caught your attention..funny how that can happen with thousands of stars above. I am glad to hear that it helped you to understand that difficult time in life. WB

      @attemptedhumor...That must have been an Australian thing...we don't get much educational stuff up on the north side...we perfer slapstick humor to real knowledge. LOL! Thanks for the good words. WB

      @mckbirdbks...Thank you...glad I could bring about the visuals for you. WB

      @dahoglund....Exactly! Thanks DA! WB

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      If not God, than who?

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wayne this is a nice piece of writting. I could visualize the viewer of the night sky. Just think'n.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      There used to be a program on TV in my youth called 'the stars at night' where the heavens were discussed at length. It's a pity a modern version hasn't been thought of. We are all fascinated by what might be out there. A nice star-studded poem Wayne.

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      7 years ago from On the edge

      I remember the night skies outside of Red Oak, TX when I was a mere 16. I thought Texas must have been sprinkled more heavily than the Northern states with the diamond-like lights. My two day old baby boy had just died and I'd swear there was one of those stars that would twinkle and wink at me every time I sat out on the old broken down wooden porch. Brought me comfort I wouldn't understand fully for years.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      South Africa is one of the best places to be for those who want to appreciate the night sky – clear and bright stars all over. And so true, while looking at them one knows it’s God’s easel. Perhaps we should merely refer the God as Greatness - then there will be no arguments about his existence. Greatness is greatness, and let the one who can make a single star raise his hand. Great poem, Wayne, emphasizing (for me) the insignificance of humans in the universe. Voted UP and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...You suffer the same hardship as we...asphalt cowboys! LOL! WB

      @marellen...There is no finer sight than to see the big sky out in a state like Wyoming or Montana...such a treat. WB

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      7 years ago

      When I lived for a short time in Wyoming the sky was spectualar and we often enjoyed the sights. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well, we have to drive nearly 200 miles to do it! Phoenix is a massive light polluter.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Thanks Will, sounds like fun. I envy your ability to get out under the big sky and actually see the of the downers of city life. WB

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      During the summer, we take our motor-home to my friend's remote acreage, which is 75 miles from any major city, so there is no city glow to ruin the star field.

      The view is spectacular, and we have a game of seeing who can spot the most satellites, silently streaking across the night sky.

      Great Hub, Wayne!


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