Always on the same road,
smelling the wind
on peaks of pine trees,
with a broken arch,
going like a shadow,
looking at our house
for a craftsman
able to polish his tears
of iron and light.


Is he hunting?
Is he hunted?
What kind of hunter is this,
carrying at belt
not a sword,
but the M42 Nebula?


Copyright © 2006, Dan Mitrut

English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Romanian lawyer and poet Dan Mitrut is the author of numerous works of astronomical poetry, folk music, photography, graphics, sculpture, and drama. A meteor observer included in the International Meteor Organization Data Base, he is a multiple laureate for the astronomical arts at the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He serves as the technical vice president of SARM and has authored original astro-folk music recitals performed at the EuRoEclipse Perseids 99 (Romania) and the IMO Conference 2000 (Romania). More of this poet's work may be found in the SARM Golden Astropoetic Gallery and The Best of SARM.