Text and photos Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Design Florin Alexandru Stancu

In 2017-06-19 I left the Cote d’Azur,
I passed over the Rhone River
and I crossed Languedoc-Roussillon,
a zone which is not Paris,
but it is a southern part of magnificent France,
the big sister of Romania and the best foreign friend
during its most important historical moments:
the 1859 Union (Wallachia with Moldova)
and the 1916-1919 War for the National Reunification
(Romania with Transylvania and other historical provinces).

A country where uncounted Romanians studied
and from where they returned home as better specialists.

A country where so many Romanians found
the best territory to achieve their dreams.

A beautiful horse which I saw through the glass from the speed of the bus
called the sunset,
which friendly accompanied me for a while.

Our star made me remember that in the 1900s
tens of Romanians, who were members of the French Astronomical Society,
responded to the call of Victor Anestin -
a disciple, in spirit, of the president Camille Flammarion -
and created the… Flammarion Romanian Astronomical Society!

Then, probably moved by my thoughts full of gratitude,
the sky of France called another superior companion for me:
a magnificent cloud in the form of a comet!

It is good to resist like a comet-cloud
Until after the sunset
And quite special to resist after the sunrise, visually,
Like a cloud-comet.


© 2019 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)