Hope in the Harvesting


Before the cold hits, I collect seeds

from fleshy fruit – heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers –

and annual flowers – petunias, marigolds, zinnias, impatiens.

Hope in these last warm autumn days,

that I’ll be planting again next spring.


Now and at the Hour

Again, I see him as I turn

on the stairs this darkening Ash Wednesday.

Exhausted, I won’t last forty more days

rooted in this terrace of fire.

This fate because I do not hope.

Pale Blue Dot

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

there is a heaven, a better place.

“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