Light Pollution

Light Pollution

A Poem by Alice Miller

Strange question, he says.
Do you have light pollution where you live?
Strange indeed, I laugh, 
And tell him yes, 
But it isn't so bad.
…Why do you ask?

I do too.
He rarely sees stars where he lives.
So we plan.
When we finally meet,
We'll go on a hike together.
Far in the mountains, high above the city, 
Into a sky undimmed by artificial lights,
Untouched by the dreary past.
He makes me believe that when we meet,
Stars will splash across the sky like the notes in a jazz song.
He convinces me that this future night, magnificent and new,
Lies in wait just beyond my dim skies at home,
And he does it all with a soft hello!
How was your day?

He makes me search the cloudy nights for
A moment off in the distance
When, with a salutatory smile,
I think he might just open heaven.

© 2022 Alice Miller

Author's Note

Alice Miller
Alternate Title: How Many Synonyms Exist For "Night" and "Sky"?

I unearthed this piece from my just-before-university days and copied it here. If nothing else, it reminded me of that rare, special kind of joy that comes from being young. I wish, for a moment, the same feeling for you.

As always, constructive feedback is welcome!

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Excellent subject. I wish you had examined the difference between the city sky and that out in the wild more. I was anticipating some description of how absolutely amazing the real sky looks at night. I live in a big city and have to travel far to find it. I felt a little disappointed by the end ... when I didn't get what I want. (Poor baby me)


Posted 2 Months Ago

Alice Miller

2 Months Ago

In retrospect, I wish the same. At that point, I hadn't gone on that promised hike just yet, and the.. read more
Too true, as always, those moments of younger times seem to nestle their way into "Remember Me" places.
This was a gently flowing dialog that did bring back some thoughts of my own. Thanks.

Posted 3 Months Ago

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Added on April 28, 2022
Last Updated on April 28, 2022
Tags: love, light, stars, romance, poem, hope, happiness


Alice Miller
Alice Miller

Verona, VA

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