He had a winning way
of getting our attention.
His monocle and xylophone
were unpretentious — part of him;
no act that he put on.

He needed no power
point presentations to
entertain. He informed.
Simply. Presented the sky
with such a pinpoint clarity of inner
joy for all that’s out there
that he made us see as he saw
through the eyes of science.

‘It must surely be,’ he said,
‘the eye of faith
that discerns gods
in constellations.’ He
inspired generations
with a love of mysteries
above but not beyond our capability
to explore.
And ‘Never look directly at the Sun,’ he’d say.

For us he shone.
His legacy is stellar.

© 2012 Oonah V Joslin