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Saturday Poetry – Leonids Over Us

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Leonids Over Us

by Marge Piercy

The sky is streaked with them
burning hole in black space —
like fireworks, someone says
all friendly in the dark chill
of Newcomb Hollow in November,
friends known only by voices.

We lie on the cold sand and it
embraces us, this beach
where locals never go in summer
and boast of their absence. Now
we lie eyes open to the flowers
of white ice that blaze over us

and seem to imprint directly
on our brains. I feel the earth,
rolling beneath as we face out
into the endlessness we usually
ignore. Past the evanescent
meteors, infinity pulls hard.”

Note: Astronomers are predicting that this year, the Leonids could experience an outburst of about 500 per hour on November 17. Although Asia is favored for the outburst, observations are encouraged around the world on the mornings of November 17 and 18, as better than normal rates could be seen. Because tomorrow is the New Moon, it will not interfere with viewing next week.

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  • November 14, 2009, 11:31 am denise

    lovely! Thank you for sharing this with us. ~*~

  • November 15, 2009, 11:08 am Beth

    You are so very welcome! Hope you’ll be out enjoying the magical night sky. Remember to make a wish or two!