Flying at Night

It’s 2am and I refuse to sleep. There’s nothing much to share, really, but here, a poem:

Flying at Night
Ted Kooser

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like
his.


The featured image is Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

6 thoughts on “Flying at Night”

  1. ‘Di ko madescribe yung feeling nung una kong nakita ‘tong Starry Night in person. Sure, daming tao at de-guardia pero yung feeling na nakita mo ‘to in person… parang na-meet mo na rin si Van Gogh. Pero maiiyak ka na lang kasi sana na-experience nya ‘tong success na ‘to nung buhay sya. Wala lang, share ko lang.

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      1. Siguro kasing laki sya ng typical na jigsaw puzzle… around 30x40in siguro. Sa sobrang focused ng mga tao sa Starry Night, nakalimutan nila yung ibang masterpieces around it like The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau, The Village and I by Marc Chagall or even Rene Magritte’s The Lovers. I used to just see this in our family encyclopedia. I honestly almost cried when I saw them in person. When you go, go on a Friday kasi free admission for a few hours.

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    1. Uy Bess, nagbasa ako tungkol kay Van Gogh ngayon-ngayon lang. Dati general trivia lang ang alam ko sa kanya: na post-impressionist siya, na wala na siyang isang tenga, na nagpakamatay siya. Ngayon ko lang nalaman ang “tortured artist” narrative ng buhay niya, na tumira pala siya kasama si Gauguin. My gulay. Ang saklap. Sana may mental health advocates na noon, huhu. 😦

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