“Without Sirius,
the Great Dog would be
a toothless cur!
Without Altair,
the Eagle would be
a poor seagull!
Without Vega,
the Lyre would be
a discordant guitar!”
said the Creator,
throwing other lights
into the void.

“Without planets,
the stars would be
useless lighthouses!
Without meteors,
the atmospheres would be
boring sceneries!
Without people,
the Universe would be
a pompous desert!”
said the Creator,
testing the Earth.

Copyright © 2006, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Image Credit: Copyright © 2006, Calin Niculae

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 director of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2005, 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 and The Best of SARM.