Falling into the sky
Don't look up!
I don’t have much in the way of a question or a micro-essay today. Just a little story behind the poem.
fell into night sky
swallowed by a sea of stars
beached on wonder’s shores
This haiku was inspired by a strange experience I had while camping many years ago. I was looking up at the night sky and viewing the Miky Way with my children in the middle of a huge wild meadow when I had the sensation that I was falling into the sky.
I had to get a grip on myself since it was just me and the kids out in the wilderness. My oldest was only 11 at the time.
I sat down in the grass to literally ground myself in my surroundings. This helped signal my brain that I was not falling up.
I didn’t mention anything to the kids because I didn’t want to worry them, and they were awestruck by the wonders of the universe.
After everyone had their fill of the sky, we went back to our tent and had a great night’s sleep.
I was reminded of this a few months ago when reading Open Road byShe had a similar experience with the vastness of the night sky at the Grand Canyon. I’ve never heard of anyone else experiencing that sensation.
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See other haiku comics like this one in my new book, Wild Divinity, coming out next week!