31 December 1999 - launch the fireworks!

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Beyond the Dip of Bell

The glorious backlit marmalade slides down the sky
at the end of the day at the end of a thousand years
while up behind the unprotected crowd
sweeps the terminator. That’s a wrap!
Launch the fireworks! Nobody will remember
to look beyond our brilliant works and days
and see ourselves in a spinning cloud of stars.


“Beyond the Dip of Bell” is from an Emily Dickinson poem.

“Terminator” is the astronomical word for the line between night and day.

The ancient Greek poet Hesiod wrote “Works and Days” around 800 BC.

Happy New Year’s all, and enjoy a transcendent Gregorian year 2000. On to the stars!

give me a clue so sweet and true

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