Celestial Illusions


Gazing into the midnight
blue sky, stars twinkling,
constellations, both
familiar and unexplored.

Stars that shone for Ptolemy,
Aristotle, Copernicus, and Galileo,
seem as stalwart and real
as the night itself.

But those stars are liars.
The light shining brightly
tonight, was born
in space years before.

The twinkling beam of
Proxima Centauri traveled
four years to shine here,
Epsilon Eridani, over ten.

Who’s to say what we see
before our eyes, are but
ghosts across the sky, from
stars long burning no more?

© 2016 DM Shepherd


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