*
because in my world
every evening
I invite my children to sleep
with the lie that we are
a simple incident
in the solar system
(so that teachers will not laugh at them
in schools where students
learn about a relative past)...

Photograph by Dan Mitrut

*
because nobody wants
to fly to the Moon again
and people read the stars
and collect their immortality
from the skies of other beings
like some blind cosmic stones...

Photograph by Dan Mitrut

*
because the price of telescopes
is too high
(even if every man should have
at least one
to look for answers far away
in galaxies where yesterday
could mean the shout of birth
or tear)...

Photograph by Dan Mitrut

*
...I stare at the sky
and imagine an astronaut
traveling free in the galaxy
and refusing to ask for
the sacrifice of superlight.

Photograph by Dan Mitrut

Copyright © 2002, Dan Mitrut

English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Romanian lawyer and poet Dan Mitrut is the author of numerous works of astronomical poetry, folk music, photography, graphics, sculpture, and drama. A meteor observer included in the International Meteor Organization Data Base, he is a multiple laureate for the astronomical arts at the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He serves as the technical vice president of SARM and has authored original astro-folk music recitals performed at the EuRoEclipse Perseids 99 (Romania) and the IMO Conference 2000 (Romania). More of this poet's work may be found in the SARM Golden Astropoetic Gallery and The Best of SARM.