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Moon landscape. Credit: NASA/GSFC.

Will we ever
get bored
on the moon

so comfortable
with a landscape
of craters
in low relief

that we scale
perspective

crop the panorama
down to a minor
detail–

a rock

under our feet

that
if we were
home

we would skip
across a lake
just to see
the monochrome
canvas split?

Figure of our solar system and surrounding stars from Kepler’s “Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae” (“Epitome of Copernican Astronomy”).

A still life–

this minor tree
in my backyard
the sudden focus
of all light

behind it,
a tenebrous
curtain of black

and extinguished
stars.

From "The Sidereal Messenger," the English translation of Galileo Galilei's "Sidereus Nuncius," published in 1610.  The stars redacting part of the original text are from Galileo's own star drawings; I have sliced the original drawings and reassembled the pieces at random so the patterns are no longer discernible.