The following is a poem by my favourite astronomer, Rebecca Elson. Artists and Astronomers have much in common. I wish I had met her before she died, still a young poet as well as a counter of stars.

We Astronomers

We astronomers are nomads,

Merchants, circus people,

All the earth our tent.

We are industrious.

We breed enthusiasms,

Honour our responsibility to awe.

But the universe has moved a long way off.

Sometimes, I confress,

Starlight seems too sharp,

And like the moon

I bend my face to the ground,

To the small patch where each foot falls,

Before it falls,

And I forget to ask questions,

And only count things.