Sacred Depths of the Universe – Poetry by Kathleen Scavone

 Humans have always been
 curious and restless creatures
 enduring untold hardship
 into uncharted seas

 Is it a human instinct
 that necessitates these
 pilgrimages of humankind’s history

 The quest for knowledge
 is a powerful draw-
 As magnetically forceful
 as the fierce drive the
 salmon must feel as it is
 pulled relentlessly
 up the stream to its destiny

 What is there to gain through
 the amazing encounters with
 our solar system’s heavenly bodies

 The beauty and multiplicity
 of the depths of space
 is sacred and wondrous-
 like the miracle of avian migration,
 Or the frail tendrils of a grapevine
 unfurling on an unsuspecting fencepost

 The unsolved nature of comets-
 Some of the most unchanged
 Objects in the solar system
 may surrender long-held secrets
 If we are patient

 Upon close inspection
 Lunar soils sparkle and glitter-
 they beckon us to an in-depth study
 and have stories of times past to impart

 Humankind sits at the precipice of
 discovering the origin of the
 forces that formed our world and
 the exotic worlds beyond.
Kathleen Scavone

Kathleen Scavone, MA., is a retired educator who has resided in beautiful Lake County for over 45 years. She freelances fiction, poetry, nature writing, curriculum ideas, and local history. She writes for The Press Democrat, Napa Valley Register, News From Native California, Green Prints, etc. She has published three books, a play and a poetry chapbook. The second edition of her locally set historical novella, People of the Water- a novella of the events leading to the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850 is available in local museums and stores, as well as on Amazon.com and IngramSpark in both paperback and e-book formats. She has written Anderson Marsh State Historic Park- A Walking History, Prehistory, Flora and Fauna tour of a California State Park, and Native Americans of Lake County. Kathleen is a photographer and potter. Her other interests include hiking, assisting on archaeology digs, travel, gardening and reading.

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