Depth in the Universe

The night is silver and blue
stars playing peek-a-boo
through the holes in the low
layers of clouds show-
ing depth in the universe
beyond Earth.
I’m battling  ridiculous fears
down here below,
and the stars cheer
me and help me let them go.
I say the words out loud –
appendicitis and rheumatoid arthritis
root canals, viruses, deafness, and blindness.
I say them out loud,
expose them to the light
from the stars in the night
sky, sparkling above me
and lock the door tight
on my fears with the key
of perspective and starlight.
– Karen Molenaar Terrell


Sirius (NASA)




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