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These vast expanses broader than the skies
And deeper than the ocean, just as blue
Are unobtainable from where the view
Is struck by light and hidden from my eyes.
Oh marvels of the farthest-reaching space,
Oh nebulae, oh planets, ancient stars,
Already naked eyes have fought such wars
To glimpse beyond the darkness to your face.
And light which grows with centuries has bled
Still higher in the night and drowned you out.
My city home has left my eyes in doubt
That worlds of breathless beauty I have read
Exist, nor are they found where'er I look:
All space confined in pages of a book.
A Bowlesian (Or Australian) sonnet for Crowns of Sonnets' February Sonnet Challenge: [link]

If I cannot see the stars and constellations in their bright glory, I wish I could at least see stars at all.

Title from a poem by Sarah Williams, though the quote is often wrongly attributed to Galileo: "Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;/I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
(Some copies have read, "I have loved the stars too truly," but I don't know which is correct.)
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SilverInkblot Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I've used the title of this piece in a poem for of my Found Poetry Project :heart:
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LaBruyere Jul 5, 2013  Student Writer
Sweetness!
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imaginative-lioness May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
These vast expanses broader than the skies
And deeper than the ocean, just as blue"


That opening is simply amazing, so beautifully written. I honestly cannot find things to fault, it is breathtaking and the words you have used are mouthwatering :heart:
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LaBruyere May 9, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much!
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jagrier Mar 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Featured in a post entitled "Poetry + Art: Speculative." [link]
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:iconlabruyere:
LaBruyere Mar 15, 2013  Student Writer
Cool! Thanks!
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I knew this was going to be good even from the title. Lovely scansion and metre. It deserves (and will get from me) further study. I can tell it will reveal more.
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LaBruyere Feb 25, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you very much for reading and commenting!
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KreepingSpawn Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Complex and fascinating as the subject it addresses. ;)
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LaBruyere Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you! Wow, it was my intention. Glad it worked! :)
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