For as long
As the sun appears
In whichever whatever way
And the moon and stars
Blink and shine
With Jupiter in the evening sky
Here we live
And here we die.
About this poem
This poem was included in Best Scottish Poems 2017. Best Scottish Poems is an online publication, consisting of 20 poems chosen by a different editor each year, with comments by the editor and poets. It provides a personal overview of a year of Scottish poetry. The editor in 2017 was Roddy Woomble.
I opened my front door one evening to be met by Jupiter with the moon within almost touching distance, or so it felt.
For a very very long time before I was born much the same sight would have been visible in the evening sky. After I depart, and return to eternity, the same sight will be available for a very very long time indeed. In the poem I muse upon that experience one evening.