“Only a crazy man could put astropoetry in opposition with astronomy.”
—Dr. Harald Alexandrescu (1945-2005)

Dr. Harald Alexandrescu *

“What is your biggest wish?”
“I can’t remember,
something connected to time…”
“Try only!”
“It was something with much light,
with stars…”

Copyright © 2005, Adrian Sima


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We like to believe
that beyond us there are stars;
he knew it better…

Copyright © 2005, Gabriel Ivanescu


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He was flying among the stars,
Living for them,
And all his dreams were populated
With far worlds…

Copyright © 2005, Zigmund Tauberg


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A star fell.
His great shine
gave light to so many torches,
enriching
the eternal and wonderful flame
of passion for stars!

Copyright © 2005, Ovidiu Vaduvescu


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You were in a hurry to start to the stars,
We’ll keep your light as an ethereal gift,
We remain without a star here, but we don’t cry,
For we know we’ll have a friend in the sky.

Copyright © 2005, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe


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red twilight
Venus
a tear
that evening out of time
flight without body
among the stars

Copyright © 2005, Dan Mitrut


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When an evening star fell,
I felt myself like turned to stone.
Celestial soldier Harald,
You’ll never be alone!

Copyright © 2005, Dominic Diamant


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Between black and white,
between blue and anything else
there is no refuge.
Maybe some of your dreams
and a few memories,
but these are just places
for you to go further on.
And across the time,
when you walk on
the fresh fallen snow
with your eyes only,
you'll see in the distance
foot steps appearing.

Copyright © 2005, Calin Niculae


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A man smiles,
embracing the first star.
Beginning of road.

Copyright © 2005, Gelu-Claudiu Radu


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Among the bars of time
you can pass only by
turning your staircase to
the zenithal eye window.
“Think here, near the orbit,
Astronomer,
and break the feather wall
of the flight
with your dreams!”

Copyright © 2005, Adrian Sima


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At first he called us to watch the stars,
And now even he’s going to them.
Fly, our dear friend, happily fly
To the eternal and divine sky.

Copyright © 2005, Valentin Grigore

English translations from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Harald Alexandrescu was one of the greatest personalities in Romanian astronomical history, serving as coordinator of “Admiral Vasile Urseanu” Municipal Observatory in Bucharest between 1984 and 2005. He will remain in astropoetry history too: in 1998 he invited the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM to hold astropoetry galas at the observatory, making it one of the first opened for such events. In November of 2004 he officially became “the Friend of Honor”of SARM’s Cosmopoetry Festival.