by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Hail, Antares,
big red star!
Are you related to
a red planet, Mars,
and to the red spot of Jupiter,
giving birth to
a variable red triangle of mystery?

Hail, Constellation Scorpius!
I feel your red eye still hunting me
in the warm summers,
but I'm not afraid of you.
If I become your prisoner,
I'm sure your starry venom
is delicious!

Copyright © 2003, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Scorpius, the Scorpion

Scorpius, the Scorpion
by John Flamsteed

Andrei Dorian Gheorghe is the founder and director of the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He is the editor of over 30 slim English anthologies of Romanian and international astropoetry, and is the author of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2002, the Leonid MAC Workshop of NASA (Tel Aviv, 2000), and the European Convention of Science Fiction - Romania 2001. In 2003, he initiated the Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project for the IMO.

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