Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry

I Still Have the Sky

The Sky with the Zodiacal Light seen from the Canary island of La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean

The Sky with the Zodiacal Light Seen from La Palma, Canary Islands
Credit: Copyright © Valentin Grigore

If I lose dear persons
on this tragic Earth,
I am not desperate:
I still have
the Sun
and the Moon.

If I lose money
on this tragic Earth,
I am not desperate:
I still have
planets, comets
and meteor showers.

If I lose dreams
on this tragic Earth,
I am not desperate:
I still have
constellations, stars
and deep sky objects.

Yes indeed:
I still have the sky
that always calls me
to another sweet story
and another high try.

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Andrei Dorian Gheorghe is the founder and director of the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He is the editor of over 30 slim English anthologies of Romanian and international astropoetry, and is the director of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2010, the Leonid MAC Workshop of NASA (Tel Aviv, 2000), the European Convention of Science Fiction - Romania 2001, and the Internatonal Astronomical Union Symposium 260 (UNESCO, Paris, 2009). In 2003, he initiated the Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project for the IMO. He is also the coordinator of Cosmopoetry - SARM & Friends.

Valentin Grigore is the founder-president of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) and one of the winners in the Earth and Sky photo contest of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.