A sun performs its light-show far up there,
a million light years from the planet Earth.
A million lovers turn their heads aloft,
wondering at a million years ago
when that enormous, tiny ball of flame
was roasting planets as they see it now.
And maybe in another million years
a message from the beings on a world
revolving round NGC603
will reach our humble, blue-lit, fading home
when all our foolish ways have come to grief
and Earth is but an empty might-have-been.