Whitman

Walt, born 1819. He moved around frequently
but at the end of his life
he settled where I started – New Jersey – 
which has more poetry than most imagine, 
and ghosts reciting from Camden to Newark.

Whitman house

Walt Whitman’s home on Mickle St. in Camden, New Jersey

Towards Conjunction

Tonight, a clear western horizon shows Venus.
I imagine a line to the sunset
which intersects Mercury below it but ascending
each night while Venus descends, their conjunction
next week even if we don’t notice.

 

Mercury, Venus and the Moon Align.jpg

A conjunction of Mercury and Venus appears above the Moon, as viewed from the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile – Image: ESO/Y. Beletsky, CC BY 4.0

 

From mid-May through the end of the month, Mercury is visible after sunset below Venus above where the Sun set. Past mid-month, Mercury ascends while Venus descends toward its June 3 passage between the Earth and the Sun and their conjunction will come May 20/21.

The Queen

Some of my mother’s irises always bloom
for Mother’s Day – she never cut them
but a wind-broken stem would be vased
though it saddened her looking so alone.
Flying white standards, bearded with purple falls —
the closest she ever came to royalty.

Royal Storm bearded iris

iris parts