Seeing Beyond

infrared photo


The trees and bushes seem snow-covered.

A photographic effect recording some longer wavelengths

than visible light, so we see things

invisible to the eye, energy like waves,

this enviable sight, like quantum particles observed.

When I Was Just a Baby

star chart


Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus sent light –

65 years ago –  that I see tonight.

Light that’s about as old as me.

The red giant, older than our Sun,

is still the brightest star in Taurus.

The light bathes me in irrational hope.


January 6, 7 and 8, 2020 shows a bright waxing gibbous moon in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Even with the lunar glare, you might see Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.