Light Pollution

by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

The “electronomers”
are false replies
to the astronomers.
They solve eclipses
of bulbs and street lamps,
and make too many
pompous light imitations,
disturbing the Earth’s privacy.
What a prison
to the lights of Creation!
And the fire artifices!
What an affront
to the meteor showers!

Let’s make more light
in our souls!
Let’s leave the stars
to caress planets and comets!
Let’s liberate the sky!

First published in Astronomical Calendar 2003 by Guy Ottewell
(Furman University & Astronomical League)
Copyright © 2002, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Light Pollution, artwork by  Tina Visarian

Copyright © 2005, Tina Visarian

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 author of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2004, the Leonid MAC Workshop of NASA (Tel Aviv, 2000), and the European Convention of Science Fiction - Romania 2001. In 2003, he initiated the Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project for the IMO. More of this poet's work may be found in the SARM Golden Astropoetic Gallery.

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