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.

A Celestial Bear

Asterism, not a constellation, the Big Dipper

are stars most people can easily recognize,

Part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear,

it dips deepest in this November night –

a bear hiding in trees beside me.


According to EarthSky, the Micmac Indians of southeast Canada, call this Celestial Bear appearing so low in the nortyhern sky this month is the signal for hibernation season when the earthly bears return to their dens They view what we see see as the Big Dipper’s handle stars as hunters forever chasing that Celestial Bear.