Star-Struck Utopias Of 2000
What if Society became so obsessed with the stars
                 as a result of Emerson’s epiphany —
“If the stars came out only one night in a thousand years
                 how people would believe and adore
                                     and preserve from generation to generation
                 remembrance of the miracle they’d been shown” —
that everyone started sleeping during the day
                 so they could stay up all night
                                    star-gazing, star-thinking, star-dreaming,
Being in the Milky Way so they could have
                 maximum exposure to the Universe
                                     beyond Earth and our own Star,
Rather than being consumed by human history,
                 art, literature, music, religion, politics, business,
                                     consumed by the stars, hunger
                 to be with them and
                                     star-roving Milky Waydom,
So much so that people spent more time
                 looking at the Milky Way than at each other,
                                     more time looking up
                 than straight ahead or down?
Total blackout in all cities —
                 no street lights, stoplights, car lights,
                                     driving at night illegal,
                 no lights in buildings but candles,
Whole populations thronging to darkened
                 baseball stadiums and skyscrapertops
                                     to sit holding hands en masse
                 and look up at the billion-year spree
                                     of the realm of the nebulae!