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.
.

delphinus stars

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

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.