how small i am

I want to go to an observatory, to the Planetarium. I want to see the face of the moon and Neptune up close and all of Saturn's rings. And the dark bellies of black holes. And stars. There are a lot of things I can imagine, but I want to see the things I can't. 

Outer space is a good antidote for excessive introspection. Sometimes, it is nice to stare up into a thing infinitely older and vaster and deeper than you. When I was little I made my Dad quiz me on space facts: the order of the planets, which moons belonged where, that sort of thing. I have forgotten most of it now, but looking at photos of these places still gives me a feeling of vertigo. 

1 comment:

George said...

I also like to feel small at times.