Above rooftops and trees, between clouds, there is a familiar collection of stars and planets — a small gathering of faithful friends, inspiring and nonjudgmental. And yet how many millions of miles and years are between them? And what of the space between us? Surely, it is imagined.
Late one night, when he was very old,
they found the great astronomer
holding a ruler at arm’s length,
measuring the distance between stars.
Songs and Letters, December 5, 2008