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Ad Astra

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Ad Astra

At the Rio Grande gorge
A high desert camping spot
Sleeping soundly on my back
On a canvas camper cot

Nature's bidding wakens me
So I know that I must rise
In chilly desert darkness
Then I crack my cranky eyes

Horizon to horizon
The resplendent Milky Way!
Transcendental radiance
And it steals my breath away

Ad astra! Ad astra!
To the stars I so yearn!
Of stardust I was born
To stardust I'll return

Mother Earth embraces me
I see Father Sky above
A trinity of unity
An eternity of love

Hesitant to break the spell
Minutes motionless I lie
In this enchanted moment
I could be content to die

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Until you've seen the stars in the
desert away from all light pollution
you've missed an experience.

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  1. Date: 1/25/2014 12:37:00 AM
    I had such an experience myself one middle of the night, driving in southeastern Oregon. It was April, but being about 3 AM, the Milky Way arced directly overhead. Supernal wonder, and I finally comprehended the galaxy. Please see my poem "No Words" for the description.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 1/25/2014 12:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your poems and you as a poet are now in favorites. Thanks for sharing. Wish we could chat over lunch.
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 7:28:00 PM
    Hello Roy, I do hope you find my contest.. I re-opened it for you.. I'm sorry it closed too early. I do hope you stop by and submit an entry for me. I will leave the contest up, and close it tomorrow night... LINDA

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:39:00 PM
    I enjoyed every word Roy. Reminded me of my fathers RAF motto Par Adva Astra. Through hardship to the Stars.

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 7:24:00 AM
    Oh, to look on nature and see this rare beauty!! Stunning piece and a well deserved win. Congrats, Roy!!

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 7:21:00 PM
    You painted a wondrous scene with words. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 1:54:00 PM
    Roy... xool winning poem... PD

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 9:55:00 PM
    Charming! "Crack my cranky eyes"! That was a hoot!

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 5:51:00 PM
    I just listened to the wonderful youtube recording........such a great poem this is, Roy!!! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 12:18:00 PM
    You have cleverly painted your words to mesmerizing painting a star studded sky in a desert. Very beautiful. Thanks for taking us too manel

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 4:45:00 PM
    You had me from "On a canvas camper cot" Sheer talent...thanks for posting

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 2:16:00 PM
    Awww, beautifully worded. You had me right there with you in the desert. Lovely writing, Roy. :)

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 11:45:00 PM
    Sounds like bliss there, lovely words Roy....Seren