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