In Isaac Werner's time there was no television or radio weather report. People paid particular attention to weather signs, alerting them to changes in the weather. Isaac paid particular attention to the arrival and departure of migrating birds. There were almanacs that offered some guidance, and many folk sayings that involved weather. I still remember "Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, sailors delight." My father also had some saying about rings around the moon, but I don't recall that anymore. Then and now, farmers look to the sky.
Wealthy men continue to be motivated to travel into space, however, authors and poets also look to the sky, particularly the night sky. This week I will share the inspiration four authors and poets have enjoyed by looking to the sky. While I am sure that lovers also look to the sky, it seems that most of the books inspired by the night sky are science fiction.
The night is come, but not too soon; And sinking silently, All silently, the little moon Drops down behind the sky.
There is no light in earth or heaven But the cold light of stars; And the first watch of night is given To the red planet Mars.
Is it the tender star of love? The star of love and dreams? O no! from that blue tent above, A hero's armor gleams.
(I hope at lest some of you take the time to read Wadsworth's entire poem. 'The Light of Stars' in "The Song of Hiawatha" is such a beautiful example of inspiration from the stars.)
We are not seen together during the day, keeping our distance, as one must. We do nothing we should not, at least since centuries back. Such an alignment is best kept for the dark.
(I hope you find "Conjunction: A Poem," by Oliver Tearle online so that you can enjoy his entire poem.)