POEM: cosmic dancer


cosmic dancer

when I was 16 years old
the first Voyager turned
in its flight through the solar system
to take one last photo of Earth
our world appearing as a dot
in the corner of the image
I was amazed at how small it all seemed
now I’m 39, looking at a photo
of a lone woman opening herself
to that same solar system
and I realize I was wrong
each of us contains everything
and in our moments of beauty
we outshine the sun

27 June 2013
Auburn AL

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I’m writing a poem a day in 2013. During June, each day’s poem will be inspired by a photo of writer Arielle Brousse doing yoga. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. Arielle writes the Unforgettable Detritus blog and curates The Sensible Nonsense Project, a collection of writing about people’s favorite childhood books. Thank you to Arielle for allowing me to use the photos, and for all the entertaining and inspiring writing she’s done over the years.

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