By Martin Falatic
Written 1994-05-23 16:30
I paused for a moment in the darkness,
weary from my long journey.
Looking for inspiration,
some inkling of the mystery of this life.
* * * * *
I looked into the starry, moonless sky, transfixed.
Never had I seen such a sight!
I felt as though I was on the edge of a great precipice,
about to hurtle into the Void,
to be swallowed up, lost and forgotten.
A traveler, without origin or destination,
experiencing the Universe firsthand.
"So small and insignificant, I..."
my thoughts began to wander,
the tinge of despair eating at my mind.
The more I stared into the heavens, the deeper they became:
an infinite sea of stars, frozen fire at this distance.
So tiny they seemed to my mortal eyes,
yet their enormity filled my mind.
As I watched, I felt myself rising into the sky,
my spirit lifting itself above the clouds,
above the speck that was Earth.
I could feel a strong tingling in the pit of my stomach,
making the hairs on my skin rise in waves.
* * * * *
I met the ground with a soft thud,
as gravity and vertigo combined forces.
The stars receded slowly, back into the sky,
while the Earth held her child close.
For a moment, I had touched eternity,
and I was forever changed.