Moon, Planets, Meteors

by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

When I was a school-boy,
I asked myself
how the meteors fly
beyond the belt of the asteroids.
Are they overwhelmed with
Jupiter's stateliness?
Are they entangled by
Saturn's rings?
Are they baffled by
Uranus'strange rotation?
Are they dissipated by
Neptune's winds?
But Pluto? Can it attract
the lost meteoroids
for adorning its cosmic frail walk?

On our side of the belt of the asteroids
I was sure the meteors are
amazed by Mars' canals,
wounded by Venus' dust,
and stifled by Mercury's ardour.

Now I am on the Moon,
climbing over its mountains,
visiting its poles,
and searching its dark side.
My thought swims
in its large and arid seas,
laughing in Mare Humorum,
freezing in Mare Frigoris,
getting drunk in Mare Nectaris ...
and drowning in Oceanus Procelarum.

My soul meditates
about the astronomical heroism
in the fascinating craters
Copernicus, Tycho and Kepler,
loses itself in the giant crater Bailly,
and dreams of a sweet love,
sleeping in the charm crater Endymion.

Where are you now, mythical Selene?
Where did you lose your tiara
and your silver chariot?
Where did they run,
the horse, bull, mule and ram
according to your phases?
Only you brother Helius
didn't forget you, giving you
light, warmth and hope!

But ... now and here
the atmosphere is absent
and the meteorites have a savage fall.
Only the Earth seems like
a blue promise.

Copyright © 1997, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Solar System Montage

Image Credit: NASA

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 1997-2002, 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.

"Moon, Planets, Meteors" was originally exhibited at the International Meteor Organization Conference in Petnica, Yugoslavia (1997), with astrophotographs by the famous Romanian-French photographer Jean Dragesco. It was later performed in part at the IMO Conference in Frasso Sabino, Italy (1999).

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