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.

Dolphin 56

56

Atlantic wanderer, traveling Florida to New York.

Identified by its freeze-branded “56” dorsal fin.

Visiting boaters for twenty years, a loner,

old, at 45, unseen for several years.

His freedom lures us into the water.

 

The very social Dolphin 56 has a Facebook fan page.