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Art & Poetry: Look up

Updated on November 12, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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



Sometimes

When the burden of life

Overwhelms

When tears refract

The light of life

When the dust of reality

Clogs life’s windows-

Unlatch



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?)



Comprehend

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



Apoapsis

Becomes

Periapsis

As our gravity

attracts.

In a celestial dance.



Closer yet far

Fast yet slow

Now, Let go of the windowsill

Let's soar



For I orbit

You

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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