Tuesday, January 23, 2007

When I Look at the Sky at Night

When I look at the sky at night, I don’t see the work I have to do. I don’t see my chores pressing on me. I don’t see errands that I have to run. I don’t see the people who have small minds and small hearts.

I see infinity.

I see a blue-black sky that goes on forever, goes on beyond my comprehension. I see an abyss that holds wonders of color so distant that, despite their massive heat and vibrancy, their light has still not come to where I am. My eyes stretch with my imagination to catch the smallest glimmer of a nebula, a star nursery, a galaxy. I lift my hand to touch. I lift my heart, just because one day I believe that I will see.

Imagine the big picture view of the universe. The color, the amazing variety, the power, the calm and thunder of a system that knows itself, the silence . . . all of these at once can be imagined only as a feeling. What wisdom, what wonder, what fun and joy − to see the universe like an infinite, omniscient garden.

When I look at the sky at night, I see stars and the black abyss that holds them.

I also see as much as I can imagine.
−me strauss Letting me be


Trée said...

One day I would like to sit next to you and look up at the stars and I would like to hear you talk about what you see and feel and I would hope, in that moment, perhaps, I could touch just a little piece of the wonder that is so clear to you.

Hugs to you Liz. :-)

ME Strauss said...

Oh Trée,
You make such wonder-full imagining of the same things that I write about. I feel like you're already sitting next to me. You've been the same places that I have. I see them in your art and hear them in your writing.

Writer Mom said...


ME Strauss said...

Thank you, writer mom!
Great to see you!

Dawn said...

Seeing with the imagination is a wonderful skill. Nothing can block that view except our own limitations.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
Yes, nothing can block my view except my own filters. I have to remember that I control them. :)

Tell No One said...


When I look at the sky at night, you often pop into my head and I wonder if you're looking too.

Have you noticed the moon in perfect view on Mon & Tues, during the day? I figure you might have seen it, if not..you would have liked it.

Was strange to see the night during the day, left me with a different sort of feeling that I'm sure.. you could put down on paper : ) It was a different sort of Yin/Yang reminder...


ME Strauss said...

Hi Katrina,
I have been working on something special that has taken my eyes off the sky for a minute, but not my heart off you.

I will write about the yin and the yang tonight if I might. :)