Not yet geometer moth, a larvae looping.
Geometridae, geo “the earth” and metron “measure.”
Inchworm measuring the shadow of my leg,
growing longer as the afternoon light shortens.
Caterpillar measuring Earth before measuring the sky.
Perhaps our planet, this beautiful pale blue dot,
is part of a distant civilization’s constellation.
I’m comforted thinking that a child there
points at us in awe and thinks
“Pale Blue Dot” is the name given to a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth, as it was leaving the Solar System. Carl Sagan asked NASA to turn its camera around to take one last photograph of our planet.
Sagan’s 1994 book was titled, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
read an excerpt of what he said about it
I remember the first Earth Day 1970.
College students and schoolchildren in spring sunshine,
peaceful demonstrations, environmental reform, raising American consciousness.
The largest secular world holiday to celebrate
this well-provisioned Spacehip Earth, sailing through space.