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Old 09-04-13, 02:49 AM   #1
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I live in the Eastern Woodlands. I have been surrounded by trees since birth. If I can see horizon, I am probably at a lake. I don't swim, boat, or fish, so I don't have much reason to go to lakes. Between the trees, buildings, lights, and wet weather, there's generally not much sky to see, so I rarely notice it. The night sky here is a few stars. I have been far enough away from the metropolis that I could have seen many more stars, but I did not have the habit of looking up.
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nice prose.
if it were in stanzas,
i would write,
"nice poem"
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I live in the Eastern Woodlands. I have been surrounded by trees since birth. If I can see horizon, I am probably at a lake. I don't swim, boat, or fish, so I don't have much reason to go to lakes. Between the trees, buildings, lights, and wet weather, there's generally not much sky to see, so I rarely notice it. The night sky here is a few stars. I have been far enough away from the metropolis that I could have seen many more stars, but I did not have the habit of looking up.
and that means what to me?
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Sometimes all I see is sky.
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and that means what to me?
You have no soul.
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I guess that makes me an animal.
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This is what you're missing:

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Best sky I've seen is out in the middle of nowhere southern illinois... It's truly inexplicable except to say the sky is filled with stars. And I believe it's only a 6 or 7 out of 9 on the Bortle scale. I can't even imagine an 8 or 9.
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The stars in Northern Michigan go from horizon to horizon, but there is no work except poaching and logging. In the winter you dream of 0 degree days.

So I don't live there.
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he came along and talked about the sky. not its beauty exactly, but more like how he's missed it. maybe it was chance. maybe he was only now waking. but he wasn't complaining. he was observing.

and we thought
the beauty
was here
in waking,
and not
there
in the sky.
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I saw my reflections in the store fronts staring back at me with a cold soul less stare, demons I gathered during my short stay in this rotting carcass. I look up, there is no sky.
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When I moved to the desert, I was delighted that I could see the Milky Way again, the first time since childhood. But by the time I left 8 years later, the area had grown enough so that the Milky Way was no longer visible.

I much prefer to see the stars in the sky than the stars on the VMA.
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I am from the plains. I can see the horizon in all directions; and the sky is always present. I have found that there is nothing better than the big open sky above me and the prairie land grasses waving gently in the breeze around me. I now live in a place where I do not see the open land, and the billions of stars at night. My heart is heavy for my home.

(I tried. I stopped poetic when I grew up and had kids.)
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I grew up on the coast of New England. If I went to the seashore I could see a far horizon. If I looked west, thick stands of large trees.

Nearly 20 years ago I moved to Wyoming. I immediately loved the wild wide open spaces. I became a sky watcher. I now live in western Colorado on the edge of the Colorado Plateau. I love this landscape of canyons and mesas and far horizons. Since I began studying geology here I like seeing all the vast exposures of the geologic units. When I did geologic mapping work I would find a high point to sit on and map everything I could see for a mile or more around.

I'm always watching the sky, especially when hiking in canyon country. The clouds are amazing. It's always exciting when it rains, even if the rain is a couple of miles away.

Next month I am going back east to visit family in the mid-Atlantic states area. Just for a week. Yeah, it's pretty there but I know there will be so.many.trees that I won't be able to see the sky or any exposed rocks. If I'm lucky I'll see an interesting roadcut. I'll want to be hurrying back to the Colorado Plateau.
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Best sky I've ever seen was too many years ago, on a cool night in a camp in Sault Ste Marie. I had never seen that much sky or that many stars before, and the beauty was intoxicating.
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Not sure which sky I like more, an ocean sky with nothing but those white puffy coastal clouds and blue water as far as the eye can see, or a mountainous Colorado skyline with the sun's rays piercing the clouds and illuminating the craggy peaks of the Rockies. To truly answer this question, I would need to have the ability to instantly transport myself from the cockpit of a sailboat in the middle of the Carribean to the deck of a cabin in the Rockies, repeatedly, for days on end.
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"I am from the plains... My heart is heavy for my home."

me too. though my heart is not as heavy. there are many other things i do not miss. but i do miss the sky of my old home.

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Best sky I've ever seen was too many years ago, on a cool night in a camp in Sault Ste Marie. I had never seen that much sky or that many stars before, and the beauty was intoxicating.
One of the best might skies I ever saw was in the Cloud Peak Wilderness above 9000ft ele., , Big Horn Mtns, Wyoming. So many stars that the whole sky looked fuzzy.

The other best night sky was near Capitol Reef NP, Utah. Far away to the east was a thunderstorm with frequent lightning. Above was clear dark sky with millions of stars. Sat out on the slickrock for a long time watching it all.

I have also been out in canyon country where the night sky was totally clear, no clouds at all, but I could see lightning from a thunderstorm that was below the horizon line.
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"disheartened, he raised his eyes towards the slowdrifting clouds, dappled and seaborne. they were voyaging across the deserts of the sky, a host of nomads on the march, voyaging high... he heard a confused music within him as of memories and names which he was almost conscious of but could not capture even for an instant; then the music seemed to recede, to recede, to recede: and from each receding trail of nebulous music there fell always one long-drawn calling note, piercing like a star the dusk of silence."

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I WANDERED lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed--and gazed--but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, 20 They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils
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