A poem written early on a Copenhagen morning.

Copenhagen sunrise. ©Erica Cirino

Nighttime can be depressing,

Isolating and lonely.

It can be painful and shameful.

It can conjure your worst demons,

And uncover your biggest fears.

One good thing about nighttime

Is that it’s always followed by day.

Get through another dark night

And when day breaks,

Look outside your window.

You’ll see the sunrise,

Your reminder that, in this world,

Beauty still does exist.

Erica Cirino is a freelance science writer and artist based in New York, now visiting Copenhagen to learn more about ocean plastic. She’s returning to New York in late March to continue her Go and See Tour: A Discussion About Plastic Pollution at high schools, colleges and public places across the U.S.