Recently, IDA received an email with a poem written by Xander Clinkingbeard, a sixth grader in Tucson, AZ. Following a presentation he watched at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum put on by Tucson’s IDA chapter members, Xander decided to write a poem to persuade others of the importance of keeping our dark skies dark.
We are so thrilled and inspired by Xander’s enthusiasm to help in the invaluable undertaking to protect the night skies for present and future generations.
Saving the Desert’s Dark Skies
By Xander Clinkingbeard
The sun goes down, giving way
To the blackness of a midnight sky.
A single star, and then another –
As the world turns, they multiply.
Legends made of stars
Andromeda, Leo, Pegasus.
“The sight of the stars makes me dream.”*
Man studies the celestial abyss.
Kitt Peak, Steward Observatory,
Use the dry desert nights.
That show off the opaque sky
Displaying the luminous nights.
Tucson, Phoenix, Casa Grande,
Eating the pitch black dark.
Brilliant, radiant monsters,
Civilization leaving its mark.
Nocturnal creatures are thrown off,
Circadian rhythms disrupted.
Drastic envirionmental change,
Nature being corrupted.
Can we save our desert darkness?
Will we save our darkened skies?
Red and yellow lights don’t glare,
Hooded lights are very wise.
The desert dwellers have to find
An intelligent solution.
The world will follow what we do
And bring an end to light pollution.
*Quote by Vincent Van Gogh.
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