Astronomers and Rock Stars

By Bonnie Eisler, Poetry Contest Committee Chair for the 2019 Texas Night Sky Festival

Carl Sagan, astronomer, cosmologist and astrophysicist, said it like this:

The nitrogen in our DNA,
the calcium in our teeth,
the iron in our blood,
the carbon in our apple pies
were made in the interiors of collapsing stars.
We are made of starstuff.

Carl Sagan wrote many popular science books including Cosmos, which won the Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction book in 1981 and co-wrote the award-winning and most widely watched series in the history of public television, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. A professor at Cornell and long-time advisor to NASA, Sagan was renowned for his ability to explain complex scientific ideas to the general public.


Then there was John Lennon, legendary Beatles rock star, who said it like this:

We all shine on…
like the moon and the stars and the sun.

Actually, he wrote and sang the song “Instant Karma” and, even though he’s most famous for his years as a Beatle, this single was credited to Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band. Songwriters are also poets, songs are poems plus music.

You still have time to say it your way in 1 to 3 poems, by entering the Texas Night Sky Festival poetry contest, drawing your inspiration from the night sky. Winning entries will be read at the festival, published in NightScape Magazine and featured on the host organizations’ websites. First prize winners receive a cash award. Write in any poetry style you prefer, but please stick to one of the four suggested night sky themes and keep the number of lines to 45 or fewer.


For complete contest details, please visit our Texas Night Sky Festival website. There you will also find information about the photography and student art contest as well as general information about the festival.

About the Blogger

bonnie eissler

Bonnie Eisler is the Poetry Contest Committee Chair for the 2019 Texas Night Sky Festival. She is a writer and has worked with Hill Country Sun publications for 15 years. Bonnie is a regular volunteer, usually related to history, literacy, animal welfare, or environmental protection.

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