Cassiopeia the Queen

Beautiful, yes, but also arrogant and vain,

boasting that she and her daughter Andromeda

were more beautiful than the Nereids nymph-daughters.

Tonight, the Lady of the Chair reigns

not over Ethiopia but the North Star.

 

Cassiopea

Poseidon’s punishment to Cassiopea for saying she and Andromeda were more beautiful than the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus was for her to be put in a constellation sitting in the heavens tied to a chair. (from Hyginus, Poeticon Astronomicon. “U.S. Naval Observatory Library”)

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Petrichor

raindrops pixa

That earthy, pleasant scent we all know

but can’t quite describe from rain falling

on dry ground. A word from Greek

“petra” for stone but “ichor” for what

flows in the veins of the gods.