俳句… HAIKU BOMBERS #4… “When the Moon Hits Your Eye”

Lost in endless space
My first telescopic gift
Moon, Stars my new friends.

Backyard after dark,
Oohs and awes with each focus
Celestial beings.

And, Steely Dan says
‘That The Stars Come Out At Night’,
Oh, they do…they do!

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I don’t know how ideas come into people’s minds. When I looked at Quill’s Haiku photo prompt, I thought… “what in the hell am I going to do with that?”. Then it hit me… My telescope!

When I was in college, I had to pick an elective science course. I chose Astronomy. One night the class went out to look at the stars, there were only a few telescopes and about 30 budding astronomers. The next day I bought a telescope. That night I set it up in my parent’s backyard, and marveled at the Moon. The stars were not that big a deal with my little telescope, but the Moon… That was Fantastic! The telescope also came in handy at the next field trip… there were a lot of girls in that class.

When my daughter Krista went off to Chicago to attend The Theater School of DePaul University, she too had to pick an elective science course. I suggested Astronomy.

I don’t know why I thought of that, so I called and said “Hey, how did you like that Astronomy class in college?”. She said “Oh, I don’t know. I was an acting major, and it was at 8 o’clock in the morning. The lights were always out, and it made me sleepy”. She did say that she thought she  enjoyed it.  But, I am reminded, that recently when a comet or some such celestial phenom was due, she stayed up half the night in sleeping bags outside, so her daughter could witness the event.

Two years ago, I was staying with a friend in Sacramento. Her neighbor had a big telescope in his backyard. He invited us over for a look. As I focused the full Moon into view, I got the same chills I had experienced over 45 years before.

Looking for an elective science?  Astronomy!

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Quill Shiv took The Haiku Bombers into Space this week… here’s the link if you would like to try… https://quillshiv.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/haiku-bombers-prompt-4/

22 responses

  1. Interesting Ted, But Astronomy will never be my thing. Good job here my dear ♥

    1. I always knew you were a ‘down to Earth type girl’, Aggie… Thanks.

      1. AWWW Ted, When the moon hits your eye with a big pizza pie, That’s amore, Did you ever see “MOONSTRUCK” Ted, I’m gonna do a Cher and say, “SNAP OUT OF IT” Get Your roaming ass back on the blog, Got it ♥

  2. Ken and I have been looking through his telescope this last week or so marveling at Venus and Jupiter. Every time I look up at the stars I feel so humble and insignificant, however, I do enjoy the beauty of it all.

    Nice write up Ted.

    1. Thank you, Betty… I was not aware Jupiter was in the mix. I saw a great sight the other night; a sliver of Moon down low, with the North Star up high, and Venus in between to the right, all juxtaposed around a tall pine tree.

    2. Careful Betty, now Einstein is quizzing you on astronomy

  3. I love this one, Ted. I like the piece and your writing about how you came up with it.

    OB

  4. Nicely done. Liked the haiku, loved the story.

    1. Thank you, El G… I might be getting the hang of this haiku business…

  5. Great job, Ted. I knew you could do it! I had a telescope as well, though I never took Astronomy. I still go to the Museum of Science-Boston Observatory occasionally.

    Sometimes I come across prompts (even ones I’ve set) and thought the same thing: ‘What am I going to do with this?’ But that is when the magic happens!

    1. You are right about that, Rinn… those sometimes are the best.

  6. you have the beat, plus description, very nice

    1. An interesting way to put that, Michel… I will have to discuss that at length with you.

  7. Love the tie with you, your daughter, her daughter, and astronomy. That is very cool, Ted!

  8. Hey, thanks, MJ… that just sort of happened.

  9. These are beautiful, Ted. I loved the Steely Dan shoutout and the reminiscences about astronomy. The Moon is fantastic through a telescope. I really need to pick up another one myself.

    1. I’ve always loved that line, a.m.

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