She says “I follow a lunar month.
You follow a solar month. Too bad.”
Out of sync. Orbiting around each other.
Your waxing, waning and my rising, setting.
Throwing you in shadow today. New Moon.
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Beautiful, yes, but also arrogant and vain,
boasting that she and her daughter Andromeda
were more beautiful than the Nereids nymph-daughters.
Tonight, the Lady of the Chair reigns
not over Ethiopia but the North Star.
Poseidon’s punishment to Cassiopea for saying she and Andromeda were more beautiful than the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus was for her to be put in a constellation sitting in the heavens tied to a chair. (from Hyginus, Poeticon Astronomicon. “U.S. Naval Observatory Library”)
Overnight, more snow fell lightly by moonlight.
Enough to erase all traces of yesterday.
Enough for fox to mark his domain again,
for squirrel to forget, make me want
to fill white space with unspoken words.
Cold wind over the lake.
Father and son on park bench.
No one is speaking.
The birds sense winter coming this morning.
Sparrows flutter, fight and search the eaves
for hiding places from the next season.
Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, all anxiously feeding,
reminding me of things still left undone.