Oh, there should be a waltz playing
behind this slow reveal—the Blue Danube
or a delicate Chopin piano tune—as
the moonshadow lowers at an oblique angle,
exposing the tiny blue dot seemingly
alone in the inkiness of space:
our home planet beamed back to us
like a dazzling smile, the place that holds
everyone we have ever known, ever loved,
which is why a gentle, lilting song might
remind us that all this fussing and fighting,
my friends, makes no sense. Here’s this
manmade creation sent into space for
a close moon flyby, looking over its shoulder
like a kid finding his balance on a two-wheeler,
pedaling off on a big explore. Its electronic
eye focuses backward on the third planet
from the sun silently emerging into its
star’s dazzle as if to say, Look: Home.
The only one you will ever know.
It’s not too late. Cherish it, and, while
you’re at it, each other.