In the pale light of midnight I tried to take flight

But my wings were too weak and the stars were too bright


So I waited a week til the winter winds blew

Stars were shrouded in clouds and the moon was too


Not a thing alive witnessed my wings unfold

As my breath grew quick and my heart grew bold


And soon I was soaring, oh, upwards and on

Til the sky was all ‘round and the ground was gone


And I watched as each object, each person, each place

Became one glowing orb spinning slowly in space


And I thought to myself, ‘through the eyes of a bird

This life and this Earth seem entirely absurd’


Then I suddenly felt indescribably small

And wondered if anything mattered at all


Like what people wished for or what people felt

Or whether the ice caps would finally melt


Then, I realized, after an hour or two

That things matter, because, they matter to you


Although what you do won’t change much from up here

It can comfort or crush those you find yourself near


This universe may be enormous and strange

But look close to home and there’s much you can change


And now that I know it, that’s just what I’ll do

Informed and enthused by my new point of view


It seems that such questions as grand as existence

Can only be solved from a reasonable distance