Evening in Dallastown

Just after dusk I carried a laundry basket up the stairs in the parking lot, on thecway back to my apartment from the laundry facility.

There, hovering over my building was Jupiter, shining brightly in thr sky just after sunset when few stars had emerged from the glow.

To the east, furious and incandescent, was Mars.

I thought of a Carbon Leaf somg, “Blue Ridge Laughing,” with its line, “The red star is Mercury or Venus. Tell the truth, I don’t really know.” No, it’s Mars, a realm of imagination where cool intelligences and fietce warrior tribes and floating cities all vie for the dying world’s ancient sands.

A light breeze rustled through the trees, and in the distance one could hear cars on the highway.

It was a night to sit in the coolling air and ponder life’s mysteries.

Go outside. Look at the stars, planets, and rising moon. Know where you are in the universe. Feel how vast it is. Dream.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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