Pale Blue Dot

In 1990 astronomer Carl Sagan
photographed the Earth from a camera on
a spaceship 4,000,000,000 miles away.
Here’s what he got:

I’ve Become Wanton As I Wither
On my eightieth birthday
I’ve become wanton as I wither.
Because old age is not a time to gather
it’s a time to give away
a time to love
of letting go of all the love
I’ve held in check since childhood
and sending it to places where hearts
are dry.
I do this wantonly before I die.

So when next you see a withered leaf
fluttering like a newborn in a tree,
stop and say hello: that’s me.
and if your heart is dry, come close
and hold me in your hand
I’ll send some love to you.

~ Phil Sheridan