Upon seeing Comet NEOWISE


The only way to perceive your beauty
with my naked eye is to look nearby—
too delicate is your light,
too greedy— my desire.


(Last night I was able to see Comet NEOWISE with my unaided eye. Well, just my glasses. Without them I’d have trouble picking out the moon. NEOWISE is only the second comet I’ve been able to see without enhanced optics like binoculars or a telescope, the first being Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. I’m hoping tonight will be clearer for my male gaze.)


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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8 Responses to Upon seeing Comet NEOWISE

  1. A lovely little poem, ro celebrate your achievement!

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  2. Kritika says:

    ‘Too greedy- my desire.’
    Lovely poem.

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  3. Yes, you can really only see the comet with a slantwise glance. Great poem! I saw the comet on Sunday night, we drove to the hills at midnight.

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