today, along with all of you. Earth
moves between largest planet and our star.
I like traveling in our solar system.
Astronomers say it’s an opposition of Jupiter.
But I am not opposed to either.
Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Polar Atmosphere – NASA image
Jupiter is at its closest this year (opposition) on June 12. Jupiter shines more brightly than any star in the evening sky. At this 2019 opposition, Jupiter shines in the vicinity of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. You can see both Venus and Jupiter at morning dawn if you have an unobstructed view. Venus will be low in the east while Jupiter is low in the west.
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Sapphire-blue Vega far away on the skydome
is the once and future North Star.
Brightest in Lyra, the Harp of Orpheus
that charmed trees, rocks and the Sirens
tempting the Argonauts with their own music.
This moment of clouds and sky framed
with tree, house, fence and my eyes
changes movie-like, as this poem also drifts
west to east. I compose a frame.
So much meaning is about the frame.
gargouille, throat, gullet (dragon) from Latin gurgulio,
gar, “to swallow,” gurgling sound of water
from this grotesque spout conveying rainwater away
from walls and mortar, always turned away
from spire, prayers, hymns, smoke and fire.
Gargoyle, Notre Dame, Paris
some of Vincent van Gogh’s irises
It’s early for irises, Stanley. But today
daffodils are shouting yellow and white calls
to me from my garden, “Come outside!
Leave that poem for tonight! Touch blooms!”
Maybe it was you, Stanley, calling me.