Stardust

By Fauxx

In ships, they would turn off the lights at night on the bridge, the place where the captain navigates. That’s why the whole place is usually dark. Being a young boy then, I thought, “Why would anybody turn the lights off and grope in the dark while you navigate a huge ship?”

Is that faith?

Not really. But I learned that one of the reasons is for the crew to see other ships ahead with their lights, or the lighthouses, so they know how far away the land is. The darker it becomes, the brighter the lights.

The clearer it is to know where the ship is and where it is going.

There is a nugget of wisdom from that. Especially when you are cruising in the darkest moments of your journey.

Also, If you ever find yourself in a ship at night time, go to that dark place and try to look up. On a cloudless sky, you will see stars. It is vastly different from the stars and the sky we have in the city. The city has gone too bright and it kills the light of the faintest of stars.

At sea, these specks of light, the brightest and the less conspicuous, literally twinkle; and are literally innumerable. At that moment the twinkling star concept comes out of the metaphor of books and hallmark cards and you realize their meaning.

Somehow you would begin to understand why people in the ancient times marvel at the celestial sky. This is one of the reason why I enjoy travelling by sea and maybe the reason still why people then didn’t need a TV.

Do you know that even though light travels at the fastest immeasurable speed humans have speculated, it would still take millions of years for the light of the nearest stars to reach our planet?

Think about it, even if one star changes from supernova to white dwarf, (feel free to correct my literal astronomical lapses) it would take many years for us to see it. The very stars that we may be looking at right now may have been long gone many million years ago… they are just bright phantoms of their glorious shining moments.

And technically, when we gaze up, we are looking back in time.

Time.

Short of being true or otherwise, I dread the upcoming days.

I do not intend to go back in time, but I do want it to freeze… even for a moment. And breathe in each second. Maybe make something out of them, like what people did with the stars. Map out my own constellations from the stars of distant past memories and moments. And maybe take a souvenir from each.

Everything was made beautiful. Fearfully and wonderfully made, one way or another.

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Stardust originated from stars like a souvenir from what they might have been before. But in the end, gathering stardust is still gathering dust.

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The guy who illegally owned the name Fauxx is the author of the unpublished psychograph. He sprinkles courage to other players when playing Bluff, a card game. While I am the literary editor of our Filipino newspaper back in high school, Fauxx is one of the editors in our English Newspaper 😀

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144 thoughts on “Stardust

  1. Staring at something you knew as part of the ‘past’ —there— in front of you.. knowing that the stellar parameter of that ‘past’ is billions far away from you yet ‘it’ managed to reach you even though you are in a time period commonly understood to contain all events that have yet to occur, the future.

    Nice Gus.

    Ow, of course, bare with me by correcting my literal astronomical lapses!

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    1. Comment by Jayr Solomon Santos on April 15, 2009 at 8:22pm

      wow. good read here XD

      i also love gazing at the stars. it just makes you ask questions. and it makes you understand that in the end you may not understand it all.

      but later in my life have found out that there’s out there more awesome than visible light. they call it dark matter, neutrinos-kind of thing (sorry im not an astrophysicist).

      as I write this, millions have already passed my body, actually passed through Earth. No physical matter can detect it.

      And dark matter makes star more beautiful. And just like a good photo, a subject needs a good backdrop. Unassuming even selfless. But without that contrast dark matter gives the heavens may just be plain white. then of course, we call it dark matter regardless of its purpose.

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  2. ang galing…..alam mo kahit city boy ako ngayon (nakatira sa central district ng Rome)…hanap ko pa rin ang mamuhay sa mga liblib na lugar….kaya nga every now and then….i do really escape the lights and sounds of the city….
    i go stargazing….nature tripping at higit sa lahat communing with nature in silence,,,where the only sound i hear…is ancient one from the beginning of earth’s conception…

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  3. Stars in your multitudes
    Scarce to be counted
    Filling the darkness
    With order and light
    You are the sentinels
    Silent and sure
    Keeping watch in the night
    Keeping watch in the night
    You know your place in the sky
    You hold your course
    And your aim
    And each in your season
    Returns and returns
    And is always the same – Les Miserables

    stars..!
    they are magical..! 😉

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  4. “The darker it becomes, the brighter the lights.”

    pag pinapatay ng barko ang ilaw ibig sabhin may turning point na kailangan gawin at dun makikita sa pinakamalabong bahagi ng paglalakabay, parang sa ating tao, hindi lahat ng dapat makita ay ibinibigay ng liwanag. hindi lahat madaling makuha.

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  5. Thats why I want to go home to Phils, I want time to stop, no work no doggie, no madame, just me and me in a place where no one can call me, to say: Did you find my keys? Can you make dinner for twelve????

    grrr, I missed inihaw na fresh seafoods in the beach!With pina colada…OR reading a bestseller, and soak to the warm sea…

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  6. I’d love to see a clear night sky, with my fascination with constellations. It must be a breathtaking sight that can elicit the most puzzling thoughts. This has been a wonderful read.

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    1. thanks, as what i say, it’s by faux!
      i don’t fancy for constellations. i fancy more on the moon’s halo! and the clouds. ow, should i add the dark matter (ha, jayr)?!

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  7. galing galing naman! lahat pala may meaning.. hihihi.. ngayun ko lang din nalaman na ganun pala ung ship! nag papatay ng ilaw hehe dipakasi ako nasasakay … gusto ko matry gusto ko kasi sa madilim. marami pedeng gawin at mangyari pag madilim hahaha, joke!

    nice one!! stardust!

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  8. Dati, sumakay kami ng mga officemates ko, 64 of us from our department, sa Superferry going to Cebu and yes, it was wonderful looking up the sky with sparkling stars while the ship was cruising. Parang nawawala ka sa earth hahaha.

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    1. Huwaw, parang nawawala ka sa earth. Nakakatuwa naman ang experience na yun! Di pa naman ako nakakasakay ng barko habang gabi, to be exact! hehe!

      I bet, napakaganda ng langit sa gitna ng karagatan.

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  9. This may be my most favorite post so far. Napaisip ako sa sinabi mo.

    “The very stars that we may be looking at right now may have been long gone many million years ago… they are just bright phantoms of their glorious shining moments.

    And technically, when we gaze up, we are looking back in time.

    Time.”

    -This is the best part. I actually looked up the sky on the terrace and wondered what the stars I’m looking at right now looks like in the present. Oh geez. So beautiful. So magical. ^^,

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    1. This maybe my most favorite comment on this post so far. Natuwa ako sa sinabi mo.

      This is by Faux, not by me. Faux is a friend slash erstwhile classmate during my high school years.

      And yes, the first time I read this, I looked at the stars differently than before. More beautiful. More magical.

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  10. great writing you have here. it’s so good, it’s other-worldly, almost spiritual. congatulate Faux for me. he’s german, you said? he’s got a very french nickname.ü

    God bless!

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    1. thanks, ill will congratulate faux because you like it. actually, he is not a german. he is taking german language, that’s why. he is pure pinoy!

      god bless din brother utoy!

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  11. Think about it, even if one star changes from supernova to white dwarf, (feel free to correct my literal astronomical lapses) it would take many years for us to see it. The very stars that we may be looking at right now may have been long gone many million years ago… they are just bright phantoms of their glorious shining moments.

    J.Kulisap- ang pagkakaunawa.
    Parang mga tao, sa simula ay walang binatbat pero kapag nakaratay na ng mahimbing, kumikinang, pinupuri,inaalala..ganun din ang bituin..matagal bago natin maipinta sa isipan, napapansin na lang kapag wala ng matitigan.

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  12. Baka ito na ang solusyon sa ating nasisilayan ngayon, kadiliman..walang mukha ng paghihirap, ng tuwa, nag hinagpis, ng pagtangis, ng pagtitika.

    Kung magkagayon sasamahan mo ba akong ilatag ang kadiliman?

    Kadilimang walang paliwanag, walang katapusan, walang kasagutan o mananatili ka sa liwanag na nakukuha mo ang sagot pero hindi mo kontrolado ang iyong kapalaran?

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    1. Ang hangarin mo ay hangarin ko.

      Kung tanging kadiliman lamang ang paraan upang mailigtas ko ang sarili ko sa mundo na puno ng emosyon.. ako ay kasapi mo.

      Ang walang kulay na mundo. ang madilim na kalawakan. ihimlay natin ang ating bagong mundo.

      Walang liwanag.

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      1. Nag-aaklas ba kayo sa MAY LIWANAG ANG BUHAY?

        KASI GUSTO NYO NG KADILIMAN.

        WOW..
        syempre joke lang

        napakalalim ng palitan nyo ng mga salita…

        at nakuha ko pang magjoke. toinks..

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  13. “Time.

    Short of being true or otherwise, I dread the upcoming days.

    I do not intend to go back in time, but I do want it to freeze… even for a moment. And breathe in each second. Maybe make something out of them, like what people did with the stars. Map out my own constellations from the stars of distant past memories and moments. And maybe take a souvenir from each.”

    well-written. i love this part. and yes, i dread the coming days. i don’t know, i’m confused.

    speechless.

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  14. nakidaan lang ..hehe..di ko nabigyan ng pag kakataon basahin ang post mo kahapon eh hehe..

    at isa ako sa aayon kung ito’y isana tagalog mo hehe..tulad ng sabi ni fr. hehe..

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  15. oist. diko to nabasa dati ah. di ako nakapag-comment.

    ang masasabi ko lang e, namangha ako dahil ngayon ko lang nalaman na it takes a million years pala for the stars light to reach our planet. hmm.. interesting.

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  16. stardusts may crystallized beneath my
    eyes, that will cause me a blurry vision.
    but im not complaining at all.
    it’s an engraved beauty that was
    caused by an important matter.

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  17. hmmm… stardust,,after bulalakaw?

    pag may bumabagsak bang bulalakaw sa lupa, may kasama itong stardust?

    I’m digging again..

    Pinipilit kong hanapin ung gusto mong iparating sa post mong ito..
    hmmmm.. ano nga ba un..aw kaw ba author nito o si faux?

    anyway, basta ang ganda.. nakalimutan ko nga mag in eh sobra akong nadala sa pagbabasa. ahehhe

    pero

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  18. gusto kong mag star gazing.. habang nasa yate, (susyal) ahehhee.. kahit siguro sa barko pwede na, taz kasama ko yung taong mahal ko, tapoz biglang may babagsak na bulalakaw, tapoz, pareho kaming mag wiwish..tapoz, saming dalawa babagsak tapos.. tapos kami. TOINKS..

    seriously, gusto ko yung eksena na nasa barko at nag s star gazing, at kasama nga ung special someone, at eeksena ang bulalakaw, pwera yung babagsak samin hehehe…

    Oh, I’m such an A.. este hopeful romantic lang.. ahehhee

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  19. minsan may mga bagay na simple lang sa paningin, ngunit sa mga ‘di inaasahang pagkakataon at pangyayari, ay magpapaisip at magpapaunawa sa atin ng mas malalim na bagay..hehe.. 😀

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    1. tumpak jem! may mga nangyayari araw araw na hindi natin napapansin na kung pagtutuonan lamang natin ng konting sandali ay malalaman nating napakaganda nito!

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    1. salamat, .po0t. si faux ang gumawa niyan! classmate kow nung high school! galing ng stardust niya di ba?

      labanan mo na ang pagka adik sa facebook! at mag post na ng bagong artic!

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  20. Ako rin sobrang gusto ko laging nag-star gazing. Nakakalungkot dahil hindi na masyado makita ang stars dito sa Metro Manila pero tuwing nasa mga provinces ako kung saan clear yung sky, hindi ko talaga pinapalagpas ang pag-star gazing.

    Mas maganda pag nakahiga overlooking the sky katabi ng someone special. Hahaha.. Sweet!

    Nabilib ako dun sa pag-turn off ng lights ng captain ng ship. Ang galing ng logic!

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