He watched the moon
Pass across its face
Existing freely in space for a moment, far above the Earth’s surface
He saw another shot at life;
But you let those forces perturb you
Sapping your energy
Disrupting the firmament
The noise and the confusion were just too much!
The world was never good enough
Maybe a privileged fabrication
For the rich detritus of a troubled history
Merely obscured and blunted raw edges beneath
You never stood a chance
Though you emerge from shadow
When what is forged through stress and torment
Can disperse again just so easily;
The shadow world crossed the limb
Returning to the deep black beyond
Revealing once again the turbulent wake
Of silent storms and transitory forms;
The realisation came, that this lonely spectacle
Just needed to be seen.
Inspired by watching transits of Jupiter’s moons across its stormy face through my telescope many years ago, the distant worlds revealed only by their perceptible perfect black shadow discs gliding over the cloud-tops…seen during fleeting glimpses of clarity through the watery turbulence of Earth’s own atmosphere.
Interestingly, I was listening to Green Day’s American Idiot album at the time whilst doing astronomy as it really appealed to me with its journeying and story-telling style, which seemed to go perfectly with the experience of exploring vast, dynamic alien worlds; the feeling of crossing such huge distances with the power of a telescope. Jesus Of Suburbia in particular containing similar themes is indelibly linked to these transit experiences. It’s amazing to have such associations. Other strongly-associated songs from the same album are: Are We The Waiting, Homecoming.