Peter Clarke (1929 - )
The Girl of the Milky Way

mixed media
50 x 35cm

It was a long time ago. Then, in the mornings the sun emerged
from behind the earth & there would be light all day. At
night there was only darkness. There were no stars. If light
was needed the ancient ones made fire.
One night a little girl stuck her cupped hands into the left-
over coals of fire & flung these high, high into the night
sky. Ever since, there has been a milky way & stars.
But in modern times people don't appreciate this unselfish
act of the thoughtful little girl so long ago. Now people
switch on lights at night. They have electricity. Only when
there is a power failure do they see the magic of the
myriad lights scattered up there across the vast bowl of
space. Then they are amazed.

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