New Moon Deep Sand

I remember sleeping out under the stars during a Girl Scout campout. It was an open area, few light pollutants and a cloudless night. I learned the North Star (Polaris), the dippers both Big and Little (Ursa Major and Minor), Cassiopeia, and as we lay on our sleeping bags looking up,  a cross directly above us. The scout leader shone a flashlight into the direction she wanted us to look and we could follow her light to the next star or constellation.

Decades later I woke on my cot in the middle of the night. I was at the Upper Tanner on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. New moon. Deep sand. It was so hot, I lay naked on my sleeping bag. I couldn’t sleep, watched the Milky Way, and saw Pleiades rising.  

under this one sky

a circle magnificent 

above or below


dVerse prompt to write a haibun of an experience in the natural world that influenced your life.  Going through the Grand Canyon on a rafting trip grounded my life to the power of nature (God).

New Moon Deep Sand

Lights Out

Turn off the light

see no more Victoria burning bright

let us return to black as night

so we can see the stars again

Sun drowns them out by day

not by chance do we catch that ray

overhead is the Milky Way

part of the universe we find ourselves in

What if there was no light pollution

look at the heavens for a solution

find a universe with the same mutation

trillions of years away from where we begin

We can’t start over with another universe shapen

our sun will burn out before that can happen


Somewhat of a sad sonnet – day 4 of NaPoWriMo

Lights Out