The Clear Blue Sky

The Clear Blue Sky

by Mark Lyons

Image by jplenio from Pixabay

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            I gaze at the clear blue sky, the brightness of the early morning sun streaking through the budded branches of the trees surrounding me. This is the same vast sky Galileo, Copernicus, Sagan, Kepler, Halley, Hubble, deGrasse Tyson, and all the other greats studied, searched, observed, and wondered over. They were all inspired by the same thing – What is out there beyond what we can see with the naked eye? Are we alone in the infinite confines of the universe? What is to become of us?

             Humans have pondered these and many other deeply philosophical and existential questions for centuries. Others include: Why do we start to grow ear hair as we get older, even as we lose the hair on top of our head? Why do I always pick the wrong drive through line at the bank? Why are tires always flat on the bottom?

             Anyway, the insignificance of each of us as individuals seems never more apparent than when comparing our existence to the grand scheme of things. How can we forge on? How can we survive? The forces of nature are stacked against us. At times, it can seem so futile. Yet, we rise above! We persevere!

             “Ooooh, a butterfly!”

             We reach deep inside of ourselves and draw upon all those who have come before us and fought the good fight! Each day we stick it out, living in the nitty gritty of everyday life! We continue on! We face each day with the courage and …..!



             “Mark? Are you looking out at the sky again? Ever since you watched that PBS documentary about the universe, I keep finding you just standing out on the deck staring at the sky, even in the rain. Maybe we need to get you a cat.”                                                                                                                                           

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