Northern Hemisphere June’s early-morning light accompanies me.
Perhaps it’s the same as September sunlight
but the earliest sunrises of the year
happen now with the northern summer solstice
and year’s longest day a week away.
The trees and bushes seem snow-covered.
A photographic effect recording some longer wavelengths
than visible light, so we see things
invisible to the eye, energy like waves,
this enviable sight, like quantum particles observed.
Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus sent light –
65 years ago – that I see tonight.
Light that’s about as old as me.
The red giant, older than our Sun,
is still the brightest star in Taurus.
The light bathes me in irrational hope.
January 6, 7 and 8, 2020 shows a bright waxing gibbous moon in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Even with the lunar glare, you might see Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.
was something Einstein dreamed of at 16
and it stayed in his mind when
he postulated that riding a light beam
away from a clock, time would appear
to be standing still. Farewell, manmade time!
These February evenings, our invisible daytime Moon,
lost in the Sun’s glare, has moved
east of the setting sun, a crescent
briefly seen in the west after sundown.
Earthshine is softly lighting the dark side.
First day of Advent, four red candles,
four Sundays of Advent, encircle the Christ
candle, white, the light on Christmas Day.
First night of Hanukkah, one day’s oil
lights the menorah for eight days. Miracles.