Starry Night

Starry Night

The stars wait until

sun and moon make their exit,

then they dazzle us.

The sun dominates the sky during the day, bathing us in light and warmth and fostering life. The moon at night reflects the sun’s light to brighten out paths and help us make our way in the dark. And when both sun and moon are absent, the stars come out to play, treating us to a sparkling sky that has bedazzled many a poet and artist and driven them to capture the beauty of a starlit sky with words and paint.

We will not consider the scientific description of stars here. We will put aside the fact that they are unimaginably hot balls of fire, many more massive than our daytime star, the sun. We will only see them as they appear to the naked eye, the way humans have been observing them for ages.

There has been a mystique surrounding stars since ancient times. Arabs, observing the clear desert skies named many of the brightest stars, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Altair, Deneb and so on, to represent the image that came to mind. The Greeks saw heroes and figures from mythology in the constellations and named them accordingly, Orion, Gemini etc.

Sailors in ancient times looked to the stars to guide them as they navigated the seas, but it was the beauty of the stars that awed artists and inspired them to capture their beauty in verse and on canvas. That beauty, of sequins sparkling on dark velvet, is ours to behold when the sun and moon do not take center stage.

So it is with humans. Some of us are not blazing hot, we do not emit heat and light, some of us are not fashioned to brighten a dark night, but so many of us, as in the number of stars, can bring beauty to the world if given the chance to shine.