Our Storybook Sky
I found myself walking on my familiar journey
surrounded by a great darkness
that encompassed my winding path.
I kept my usual pace until by happenstance
I gazed skyward
beyond the stubble and dips and crevices
of my ordinary life,
finding myself bathed and gathered upward
into the mystery of the Milky Way.
One solid glance
and everything changed.
A strange door opened within
the secret chambers of my soul.
A shift, a reflective awareness, seized me.
For a lifetime I kept my focus
on rocks and gravel and potholes,
watching my step,
doing the next thing,
being an innocent and practical fellow.
As I looked up and out,
to my great surprise,
I found myself unraveling into wondrous awe.
I saw life beyond
right or wrong,
good or bad.
A midnight canopy of enormous darkness
opened my awestruck eyes
to astonishing and countless points of light.
Calling to me from the four corners
of time and space,
Their energy and brightness
captured me in sheer wonder.
Their configurations sparkled with life;
Their precise beauty penetrated my psyche;
I forgot my body,
I let go of all reason.
I was left unguarded
in custody of Creative Greatness.
Beams of clustered light
countless millions of light years away
seem intact as they
cycle through endless chaos and order,
perfecting their coming and going.
I stood captured
beholding the mystery of
All Living Things.
-Hal Edwards, October 22, 2007