The Stranded Stargazer

When there is nothing but gray, day and night
As layers of dark clouds canvas the sky
I recall how I would ponder and write
About what’s seen from the telescope’s eye

For with a clear sky you can catch the Moon
Or observe planets, like Venus and Mars
And with telescope, find distant Neptune
Among the constellations drawn from stars

But rude Winter cloaks all that shines above
First by snow, then sleet, then widening frost
Denying this stranded stargazer’s love
To remain indoors dreaming of nights lost

Yet Winter will not always reign as king
I shall see Orion at start of Spring

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A View from My Early Morning Commute

My train rushes by
Streetlights below glare upward
It’s light pollution

Thanks Everyone for Giving Me My Moon Back

Young waxing Moon on August 23rd, 2017.

Eclipse forgotten
No crowds, no press, no bother
It’s my Moon again

An Astronomer Laments Smartphone Zombies

They always look down
Too engrossed in their small worlds
They never look up

Summary of My Stargazing Nights Most of This Week

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Telescope goes out
Sudden clouds herald more rain
Telescope comes in

 

Lonely Venus

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When dusk murk enshrouds
Sentinel Venus remains
But nobody sees

 

A Despondent Stargazer’s Haiku

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Chill winds lure gray clouds
Sad rain kindles my despair
No stars shine tonight