The Circle of the Pupil of the Eye

by Elizabeth Henderson

Shells and pearls dance on a string
while sisters flee the White Falcon.

Brilliant shard of a broken dish,
she remains, turning a wreath in her hands,

knowing the full solitude of the circle,
the bounding white of another isle --

she is a beggar with a crown but no answers,
a cold jewel wheeling in the Endless Enclosure.

The Spider spins her a silken thread
to follow through the darkest spaces and find

the heart of the bear at rest in winter,
the slow crawl of the Tortoise through time.

Copyright © 2003, Elizabeth Henderson
Corona Borealias, the Northern Crown

Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown
by Johannes Hevelius

Elizabeth Henderson is a southern poet and astronomer. She thanks her mother for teaching her the stars in the sky, and her father for giving her the moon in a telescope.

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