‘Coal Black Sky’: A Poem

As we embrace Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, take time to read the poem “Coal Black Sky” by a student from Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child in Pasadena, California.


Coal Black Sky

by Ashley Coventry ’18


Looking at the coal black sky,

In the lonely darkness, I lie.

Where is the moon that once shone so bright?

Where is the moon’s white, blinding light?


Lying on my back, I face,

The coal black sky and look into space.

Where did the shining, shining stars go?

The sky: so dark, so full of woe.


Where are the fireflies, so yellow, so bright?

Lying in darkness, nothing is right.

Looking at the coal black sky,

I see one last lonely firefly.

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