Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

They peered into the darkness


A long time ago and far away
Or maybe here just yesterday
They looked across lands cold back
Where dangers lurk in forests black
Over foliage shuffling crowns
Away from light polluting towns
Beyond horizon's deceptive flat
Through wind and wayward bat
And noctilucent clouds a wisp
Through layers breathless crisp
To endless nothing there remaining
Imaginings with no restraining
Eternally endued as fascinating
And forever more them captivating,
Lights wandered to trace each season
Their annual journey providing reason
Guided navigators by their steadfast
And countless imaginations to ever last
Some novae swelled and shone at day
And comets arced and streamed away
Stars within moon shadows fell
And early doom it did foretell
Superstition slowly fell to science
And beauty grew in truths alliance
Hearts expounded as minds expanded
Awe of magnificence now demanded
Answers to questions exponential
Could they meet sentient potential?
Unlikely outliers a swarm on fleck
From dust of stars abundant specks
To cherish and love the majesty
Of stars in wondrous sanctity
Whether with or without need of deity
Exploring to seek a certainty
And as extent had slowly grown
Their place within was starkly shown,
Knowledge from myth was rent
By empirical toil and experiment
What once was terra at its core
Or heliocentric was no more,
Folklore and dogma foamed and bayed
At a vastness exponentially displayed,
Minds reached back and right across
but earthly bound the paradox.

A long time ago and far away
Or maybe here just yesterday
Children looked up in to nights' sky
And dreamed amongst its stars to fly,
Arcane seeds now hatched had flown,
And each suspected they were not alone.

Danny Draper 7/2/2013

Submitted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, February 07, 2013

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  • Karen Sinclair (2/21/2013 2:56:00 AM)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this one Danny. There is an air about this piece which makes one feel they've entered another outer worldly place. I cannot explain fully just my first reaction... I love how it reads the world in comparison to a humans development. Initially the innocence and purity of a young child gazing innocence in wonderment but by the end it seems as an old person reminiscing. I do hope you get what on earth I'm on about lol. Never to good at expressing what I feel I see but you know that Danny. Loved the flow and felt totally poetic reading this. (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (2/19/2013 11:04:00 AM)

    superb, splendid and spontaneous the three s that makes this piece spectacular, a job well done sir bravo (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/9/2013 8:01:00 AM)

    Folklore and dogma foamed and bayed
    At a vastness exponentially displayed,
    Minds reached back and right across
    but earthly bound the paradox.
    Very true! Much remains a mystery and we continue to peer into darkness! ! A great poem with some beautiful lines! ! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (2/8/2013 3:40:00 AM)

    There's no end of the multiverse to explore, in science and in poetry. Wonderful job Danny! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (2/7/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    Beautiful Danny, very descriptive and imaginative. A great write which I enjoyed reading very much. (Report) Reply

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