Imagination to create
Science to catalog
Where no systems exist, we invent them:
Four directions, seven heavens, nine orders of angels, twelve signs in the zodiac.

Virgo, from Atlas céleste de FlamstéedCuriosity to define
Language to order
Chaos and cosmos are cousins:
We try to count the stars but lose ourselves among them.

We measure distances we can't comprehend.
What's a light year or two between friends?



Copyright © 2006, Pat Tompkins

Image Credit: Atlas céleste de Flamstéed, U.S. Naval Observatory Library

Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in the Paumanok Review, flashquake, Orbis, the Bellevue Literary Review, and other publications.