Moon/Venus conjunctionI was standing at the gate of Janus
There was cool, blue space between us
My true eye knew that God had seen us

I was looking at the Moon and Venus
who were lost in conversation;
the sun had gone around and
we were left alone

They were poised there
like two questions pared
down to the bone

The clouds slid by like orange streamers
I called up from the land of dreamers
two notes wrung from this ring of bone:

Ship of fire
Arc of birth!

I thought, if I raise my hand I’ll touch them
But again I settled on the earth

Copyright © 2010, Jim Culleny

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Jim Culleny is the Poetry Editor of 3 Quarks Daily. After a stint in the navy, Jim received a BA in Art Education from William Paterson University and did graduate work in art at NYU. He taught art for several years in NJ public schools in Newark and Bergen County. Taught a little bit of everything else during two years at a remote residential community school in New York's Adirondacks. Was a social worker in Lower Manhattan before Soho was Soho. Made a living most of his life as a carpenter, designer, and builder. Did regular radio commentary for about 10 years during Morning Edition on WFCR.FM in Amherst, Mass. and some for NPR on All Things Considered. Played and sang his way from rockabilly to jazz in numberless band permutations over a period too long to believe. Came to poetry through songwriting. Has had work published in The Third Muse Poetry Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Penthouse Journal, and in 5-Minute Pieces, a chapbook published in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. He's also been writing a regular op-ed column for the past 12 years for the Greenfield Recorder along the beautiful Connecticut River, and is presently making a living as project manager for an Architectural firm. He won first place for a "Serious Column" in the 2008 annual New England Press Association awards. Jim lives with his wife, Pat, of 31 years, and his 17 year old granddaughter. He has three daughters and four other grandchildren.