Night Sky Molokai

I was photographing this night scene a few years ago on Molokai and thinking about how the light hitting my lens had been traveling across time and space for millions of years before it arrived at my lens in this precise moment. I wrote the following words to capture the feeling of standing in a tidal flat under starlight.

Two and a half million years ago
Long before Homo Sapiens
Joined earths great show
A photon of light left Andromeda
On a day we now call Hanukkah

Racing across time and space
It’s fellow photons gave it chase
To reach the nearest solid mass
Which happened to be my camera’s glass

I hope the photons aren’t too bummed
That to my camera they have succumbed
For though my prints they are archival
I can’t guarantee another 2.5 million year survival

by, Jonathan Kingston

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