The third brightest object in the sky
tonight is the International Space Station.
Precisely at 5:37pm, one minute, above South-Southwest.
If only my world was as predictable,
my orbit stable, looking down on this.
The Atlantic east coast of the United States from the ISS. Easy to recognize cities include New York City and Long Island at the right and to the left for Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC near picture center.
If you want to watch the ISS pass over your home (it’s visible with naked eye), check at SpotTheStation.nasa.gov
This moment of clouds and sky framed
with tree, house, fence and my eyes
changes movie-like, as this poem also drifts
west to east. I compose a frame.
So much meaning is about the frame.
Young Moon, Thin Moon, New Moon, Crescent –
a Lunar New Year today – for dinner
fish, dumplings, longevity noodles – wealth and prosperity.
Every new moon transitions from the morning
to the evening sky. We clean house.
[As sun sets on January 28 in North America, the moon moves back to the evening sky. With a clear view of the Western horizon, we might catch the extremely slender moon over the western horizon just a half hour after sunset.]