Quiet Skies

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:58 am

I am, and always have been, a sky gazer. I have been known to peer into the night sky for hours, taking in the bredth and beauty of it all. This drive led to my pursuit of a degree in astrophysics, so I could make sense of it all.

In my thirty years of gazing, there has been one constant: airplanes. My Missouri childhood home was close enough to St. Louis to see quite a bit of traffic. The New Mexico desert skies were less populated, but the planes were there. When I moved to Georgia, I was amazed by the amount of traffic. The first night I spent in a cow pasture watching for meteors, I quickly gave up on the showers to count planes. At one time, I counted fourty planes in my field of view at the same time.

But tonight, for what is likely to be only time in my life, the sky is silent. It is eerie, when you realize what is missing. The silence of jet engines is louder than the scourge of crickets we currently have on the farm. It is eerie.


  1. The Paris newspapers’ headlines today were “The New War” and “Apocolipse”…nothing like drumming up panic to sell papers…not that we (the US) weren’t already panicing.

    Comment by M — 9/12/2001 @ 2:56 am

  2. In an uninduring motion, I watch the end in a glass that is nothing more than a physical metaphor. A loop muh like that of a curled up tape worm, representing the everlasting symbol of time. I used to wonder when the end would come and what it would be like, now I just wish, i could go back before it begain.

    Comment by dogma — 10/21/2002 @ 3:05 am

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