Astronomy of the Heart

After the moon had set,
the sky was so full of stars
and so empty just the same.

Orion, the Pleiades, the Big Dipper,
the Milky Way arching from the aspens
to the swamp across the road.

Venus, Goddess of Love,
the brightest star in the east,
an hour before sunrise.

The Little Dipper hanging
for a thirsty traveler on the pole star
nailed to the black well of northern sky.
You are the cause of my yearning
and its tender solace. Why do we feel
things better after they are gone,

Tracing the shape of their absence?


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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30 Responses to Astronomy of the Heart

  1. claudia says:

    touching the shape of their absence…great image.. and it’s crazy isn’t it that we things treasure the more when they’re gone…we tend to take things/people/feelings for granted…we shouldn’t…

  2. annotating60 says:

    We feel them because memory makes them more tangible to our thoughts than when they were standing next us with all their faults. Good read. >KB

  3. brian miller says:

    nice…i like the analogy of so full and empty a sky…and of love as well….also touching the shape of absence is rather emotive…

  4. Waltermarks says:

    Never miss the water till the well runs dry. A void speaks yearning for it’s whole.

  5. Beautiful…and especially as I am studying Space/Astronomy with my daughter…timing is everything.

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love your ending question… so thought-provoking.

  7. Mary says:

    Sometimes looking up into the stars makes us very reflective, I think. And especially if we miss someone, we have a lot to reflect on.

  8. You’re words are abstract and paint such a nice picture of beauty and life.

    Very thought-provoking. 🙂

  9. Grace says:

    I love the heavenly write ~ That ending is just poignant and so beautiful ~

  10. shanyns says:

    Lovely Ray, just lovely.

  11. Poet Laundry says:

    Gorgeous. Your opening and close are perfect. Love the whole thing Ray.

  12. kvennarad says:

    Jeanette Winterson once started a novel with the words: “Why is the measure of love loss?”

  13. This is so brilliantly painted.. and the stars and love… and particularly the space between… I love it

  14. nice …like the sky ‘so full’ (stars) and ’empty’ (loss)..nice comparison..felt this poem..good work

  15. ayala says:

    I love this! Great images and thoughts.

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