A Poet's Double Life

For poets working outside the literary world.

November PAD Challenge, Day 29

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The End of Night 

~Inspired by the 2008 National Geographic article on light pollution

Milky Way

 

Artificial beams shine upward, flooding

our evenings with the vacant

glow of urban life. We’ve forgotten

the river of stars and planets flowing

into the rest of our universe just beyond

the reach of the shallow night

sky. Astronomers claim we need the dark

to balance our circadian rhythms

of wake and sleep, to keep us steady

like gravity. But what does science know

about darkness or time or how dreams devoid

of hope wither and die when they’ve lived

as long as I have without light?

 

~Pamela Taylor © 2013

Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and data guru living in Durham, NC.

One thought on “November PAD Challenge, Day 29

  1. Do i’ need to send ice cream or something? This was a beautiful poem but more than a little grim!

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