Introductory photos and final astro-photo-poem
Valentin Grigore
Text and photos
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Florin Alexandru Stancu-

This project begins with three pictures
which the president of SARM, Valentin Grigore,
took in the former Capital City of the Romanian Land or Wallachia
(all of them around the Targoviste Court,
the last of them with a fine closeness between the Moon and Venus),
after 2018-02-17,
when I lived a special day
right near those places.

For me
that day began with the sunrise in Bucharest.

I started to Targoviste
knowing that soon I had to see something unique.

I re-met the Sun later,
above the History Museum of Targoviste,
where over 30 museums from Romania contributed
to an extraordinary exhibition,
organized on the occasion of the Centenary Year
of the Great Romanian Union:

The Antique Gold and Silver of Romania,
with products from the 6th millennium BC to the 6th century AC,
discovered on its territory.

The products of an amazing civilization, which gave birth to
the Sanctuary of Parta (6,000 BC),
the oldest in the European Neolithic,
the Tablets of Tartaria (5,500 BC),
the first form of writing in the world,
the Cucuteni Culture (5,300-2,700 BC),
the first major culture in the prehistoric times of Europe,
and, not in the least, the Calendar of Sarmizegetusa (1st millennium BC).

A civilization which would deserve
much more attention from the world historians.

I cannot express my emotion in front of those exhibits,
from utensils and weapons to artworks,
including a few famous Geto-Dacian spirals,
which made me wonder if the Romanians’ ancestors
saw the galaxies, by the naked eye, better than us.

Let’s go inside to see them!

After such an intense visit
I walked a little through the Chindia Park
(Chindia = an old Romanian ring dance dedicated to the sunset),
near the ruins of the Princely Court and Tower Chindia
(made by Vlad Tepes Dracula in the 15th century).

Then I moved north for a few kilometers,
to a rural environment,
to watch the sunset from the sculptor Ovidiu Dumitrescu’s courtyard,
dominated by his agro-cosmic column
and enriched in the last time with two new precious creations:
a statue of his idol, the sculptor Constantin Brancusi
(who was banished to the Occident by the communist regime after World War II)
and a composition of wheels as solar symbols.

Ovidiu Dumitrecu’s cosmic house
(decorated by him with the universal tree on a wall and stars on the ceiling)
hosted a special festivity.

Over 30 members
of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM)
celebrated here their president, who turned 50 years of life,
along with 25 years of existence of SARM
and the beginning of the Centenary Year of the Great Romanian Union.

The event culminated with a performance,
which was begun by Valentin Grigore with an astropoem,
and continued by an alternation in which
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe recited astropoems and astroproverbs,
and Dan Mitrut performed a few astrofolk songs
(reminding of his exceptional recital during the Astropoetry Show
from the 2011 International Meteor Conference in Sibiu).

It was a demonstration that SARM’s Cosmopoetry Festival,
which was inaugurated in 1996,
has remained alive not only through on-line projects,
but also through… live events!


After a trip in history
It is quite good a party
In which you can see
And take
Some cosmopoetry
With starry cake.


And finally,
the vision of the president of SARM
about that unforgettable February:


-astro-photo-poem by Valentin Grigore
English version by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
design by Florin Alexandru Stancu-

February 2018 began in Targoviste with
a tousled lunar halo
and a solar halo with sundogs…

I walked through the Chindia Park,
near the ruins of the former Monarchical Court of the Romanian Land
and Dracula’s Tower,
and I found out the following words for my birthday:

Watching always to the sunrise
and looking for the light…
during 50 years!

With optimism, hope and belief!

I thank the sky for its generosity!

I thank my ancestors for their legacy!

I thank my family for all!

I thank all those who have inspired me
and have been close to me!

I thank all those with whom
I have shared fragments of life and sky!

I thank all those who have taught me
belief, hope and love
to skies and people…

…and the flight toward the light!


© 2018 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)