Leaping Through the Stars

delphinus dolphin

Delphinus, a dolphin leaping among the waves
of stars. An early constellation, quite small,
cataloged by Ptolemy, the dolphin that carried
Arion, a poet, safely away from enemies.
A dolphin nearby Lyra. Arion’s lyre song.

 

As  a child, in my troubled home,
I would climb to my bedroom rooftop
to see the stars. My small telescope
finding easily the Dippers, Orion, Taurus, Gemini,
finally, little Delphinus who took me away.
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delphinus stars

Do you see a dolphin in these stars? I don’t – and I do.

School

Eighth Grade

Refuge from the confusion of home life.

A place where everything was scheduled, disciplined.

The comforting predictability of seven normal hours

of being expected to be only thirteen,

before I returned to early adulthood responsibilities.

 

 

Study Hall

After the dreaded Algebra and Chemistry when

we would talk music, read Rolling Stone,

eye the girls and share our fantasies

about them and the near far future

forgetting equations unbalanced, dreams never to happen.

Sun Reverie

Curled on a grassy circle of sunlight,

looking up at the clouds, I am

seven years old again. My parents are

healthy, happy and will always be alive.

Sun-powered, I can do anything on Earth.

A dark cloud blocks the window’s sunbeam.

I return to the cold, wood floor.

My old eyes -sun-blinded – burn and tear.

When I stand up, my body protests

and aches from more than just years.