Beauty Dallies Not

The colors of summer flowers,
Lush reds, brilliant yellows, subtle lavenders,
Reach their zenith early —
For just a moment —
And from those lofty heights
Begins their relentless decline.

As August rounds the bend
And gallops toward the finish line,
Petals droop and shrivel…and drop,
And once vibrant hues fade non-stop.

Yet even in this cruel effacement
Lingers there an echo of glory past,
As in the ravaged faces of the old
Remains there a hint of youth steadfast.

All Poetry — Henry Barnard

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Why Do the Leaves Linger On?

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Why do the leaves linger on,
Braving the wind — winter’s song?

Tenacious, they cling to the branch,
Desperate that age will not advance.

The rest, long since fallen to their grave,
While these remain, dogged and brave.

But the cloak of night draws ’round,
And the leaves shiver at every sound.

So why do the leaves linger on,
Braving the wind — winter’s song?

Hope — hope to see another spring dawn,
Hope to gaze upon a new-born fawn.

All Poetry – Henry Barnard

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Us

They estimate the known universe is 13.773 billion years old; our own solar system is 5 billion; while the Earth is 4.6 billion.   Compared to that “deep time,” mankind hasn’t been around long — not much more than a very tiny fraction of 1 second.

Look at the sky on a clear, pitch-black night, and you will see an untold number of stars in that sliver of our galaxy, the Milky Way.  Then multiple that small sliver so that it includes all the slivers and so all the myriad stars in our galaxy, but realize that as many stars as that may be — and it is a gigantic number — there are even more whole galaxies than that in the universe.

We are very much taken with ourselves, but, in the total scheme of things, mankind isn’t even so much as a triviality.  And we may not even get to that 1 second mark either, through extinction, either by our own foolishness or when our sun begins to expand and reduces the pinprick earth to a cinder.

Yet parents adore their children; young men still aspire to greatness; and old men share their wisdom earned from the rough and tumble of experience.

How Old Is the Universe?

How Old Is Our Solar System?

Mere Footprints

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Then and Now

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People, A Photographer’s Perspective by Henry Barnard

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