A while ago I woke with a moonbeam shining in my eyes. My mind called out: it’s too early to be awake! It’s hardly into the third hour of the day and I’d hoped to wake when the alarm went off at 7am. But the moon had other plans, shining her beaming light across my face, through the small opening in the window covering. After turning and trying to think of sleep, I laid on my back, eyes open, and heard the lines of a poem running through my mind:
“How the heart mingles with the moonlit hour, As if the starry heavens suffused a power.”
It’s been a while since I’ve thought of this poem and it took time to remember it all. The beginning was eluding me and, having realized sleep was not returning, I tiptoed to my home office and sought out the poem. There it was! The stanza that was eluding me: “And when oblivious to the world we stray, At dead of night, along some noiseless way,”
This poem, Starry Heavens, is one of my all-time favorites. I hadn’t thought about it in a year or more. I’m happy to be woken by moonbeams to help me remember it. Memorized poems need to be occasionally dusted off and recited, even if only for ourselves. An audience for my interest of memorizing poetry is yet to be found in my life, so I’m thankful to share it here.
More prose is wandering through my thoughts this early morning… this time by Galileo… “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” What a beautiful statement, making me think about faith even though the man himself was not known for being pious.
I discovered this as I sought more information about a quote I was misinformed about, from years ago. I’d been watching a PBS program with the always-inspirational Dr. Wayne Dyer, and he shared a quote that had me pause the VCR (like I said, years ago): “The sun, with all it’s planets revolving around it, can ripen the smallest bunch of grapes as if it had nothing better to do. . . Why then, should I doubt His power?”
I wrote down this quote and memorized it as I heard it, not realizing I mistook the pause in Dr. Dyer’s sharing of the quote because I added his own comment to the end of Galileo’s writing. So for years I’d memorized this tidbit from Galileo with an unintentional Wayne Dyer addition on the end. It’s a great quote, and my inadvertent ‘addition’ has brought me great comfort through the years. However I prefer to know the truth, and to know who really said what. Now I know Galileo wouldn’t have said something like that, and it was indeed Dr. Dyer’s own wise words. Let’s hear it for research!
Today I woke too early, with a poem about the moon and the stars in my mind, and thoughts of Galileo hovering. Then, as I thought of Galileo, I easily recalled a great song by The Indigo Girls and have shared it here. As I wrote in a previous post: “It has been suggested that insomnia is linked with creativity.” This is my share today, sent out to any other insomnia wanderers out there, and of course all my readers whatever time of day you happen to come upon this post. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to relish every moment of the day.
“Galileo Galilei (Feb 5, 1564 – Jan 8, 1642) was a Tuscan (Italian) physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”, the “father of science”, and “the Father of Modern Science.” The motion of uniformly accelerated objects, taught in nearly all high school and introductory college physics courses, was studied by Galileo as the subject of kinematics. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, named the Galilean moons in his honour, and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, improving compass design. Galileo’s championing of Copernicanism was controversial within his lifetime. The geocentric view had been dominant since the time of Aristotle, and the controversy engendered by Galileo’s presentation of heliocentrism as proven fact resulted in the Catholic Church’s prohibiting its advocacy as empirically proven fact, because it was not empirically proven at the time and was contrary to the literal meaning of Scripture. Galileo was eventually forced to recant his heliocentrism and spent the last years of his life under house arrest on orders of the Roman Inquisition.” [source]
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