As I drove into my driveway last night, I caught a glimpse of it.
It had been a colder night and so I was eager to get into the warmth of the house but in a split second, I decided.
I decided to savour.
To stop and breathe deep.
Dropping the unnecessary burden of my handbag and opening the back door to the relative safety of my fenced in garden,
I looked up.
And what a sight!
A lavish scattering of star dust to my small eye, and yet, up close, huge burning balls of gas!
Thankful for the thick coat and deep hood, while wrapped up in a scarf as big as a blanket, I inhaled the deliciously cold air and wondered at the cloudless canvas before me.
Orion with his belt and bow
Aries and Leo
And then my eyes captured the brightest star I’d ever seen…
Gleaming down on me.
Nearby, my neighbour opened his window for his evening smoke.
He saw me wonder at the dark but I kept looking up and doing dot to dot!
The moon shone in its half hearted smile and, honestly.. I felt alive!
Battling the contradictory-
The vast and the small
The Creator and the created
The Far away yet intimate,
I refused to go inside.
Waiting in the stillness of the night, my neighbour in the shadows and I in the night light.
He went inside.
The wind picked up and I turned to shelter myself.
Hearing a whisper that warmed my heart,
I lifted my eyes one last time