August Orion

by Mary Cresswell

A great man comes out of the hills
he takes up the whole sky
his shoulders span the darkness
his belt cuts the ecliptic.
He is a mighty hunter.
He is standing on his little pointy head.

In the darkest part of the black west
seven sisters cluster
they run away from the slivers of dawn
their laughter streams behind them
In 23 hours and 57 minutes
this will all happen again.

Copyright © 2003, Mary Cresswell

by Johannes Hevelius

Mary Cresswell is a science/natural history editor and freelance proofreader. She immigrated to New Zealand from Los Angeles years ago. She lives by the beach, just north of Wellington, and can see Alpha Centauri from her bedroom window.

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