18 May – Perspective

Strange to think our vast world of such rich, abundant life
is also a tiny rock spinning around a pinprick of light.
When I look up at the stars glittering distant in the sky,
it’s impossible to imagine our sun’s burning ball of fire
is also just a twinkle when viewed from far away;
but this enchantment is real – it’s the perspective of space.
The Earth can feel so big, and the Universe so small –
a distant night time show blinking way above us all.
But our globe is like a pebble or a perfect, polished fossil;
a microscopic jewel amid the swirling colossal.
Hopkins wrote God’s grandeur before we saw Earth from space –
imagine how he’d poeticise now on whole galaxies of grace.