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The End of Everything

Last night I attended another Science Tonight put on by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. This is the first one I’ve attended since the pandemic so it was virtual, of course. The talk was given by … Continue reading

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Prescription

Prescription Let’s rip the foil off this new yearlike an unopened bottle of pills—stumbling for the too small tabalong the sticky edgesuntil I just jam my fat thumbthrough it in frustration. Pluck the cotton— bright as the full moonand throw … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Sonnet

Winter Solstice Sonnet I’ve lived where the solstice airfreezes onto my mustache.Where daylight is a vague glowbehind clouds of dirty slush. I’ve felt that deep ancestral fearthat the sun has given upand we’ll all shiver solid,defeated by the menacing dark. … Continue reading

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The Great Conjunction Haiku

Summer trianglepoints to the great conjunctionat winter’s solstice

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November 18 Haiku

New moon smiles in the westHer majesty escorted by two giantsAll around the world poets swoon   At twilight tonight and tomorrow, check out the western sky and you’ll see the crescent moon with two bright stars, which are the … Continue reading

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Limitless

Limitless I know the science Some billions of years ago the universe erupted into being and some billions of years from now the Sun will explode in a minor nova and many trillions of years later all the stars will … Continue reading

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Ode to Selene

Ode to Selene She walks in beauty, through the night, ‘cross cloudless skies, eclipsing stars. Shadows cast by her tranquil light guide drunken men to topless bars. She lifts the tides, caresses waves that sculpt the shores of eager earth … Continue reading

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Sonnet of Random Thoughts on Comets

Sonnet of Random Thoughts on Comets Coming right after my first divorce, I took Comet Hale-Bopp’s beautiful sunset show as a good omen— vivid smudge of yellow in the orange twilight. My second naked eye comet was barely noticed and … Continue reading

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Upon seeing Comet NEOWISE

The only way to perceive your beauty with my naked eye is to look nearby— too delicate is your light, too greedy— my desire.   (Last night I was able to see Comet NEOWISE with my unaided eye. Well, just … Continue reading

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Sonnet for a Comet

Sonnet for a Comet With wandering Zeus and Ares guarding my back, I hunt— binoculars scanning distant trees for something even further. Orion won’t help, he’s resting after a busy winter— this prey is elusive and won’t to return, for … Continue reading

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