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Monday, August 13, 2012

STAR MAPS


It never seemed possible to me to locate
Orion, the North Star, or the Big Dipper.
It made no sense to me, how 5 shining dots
in the deepest regions of space some how
formed a woman pouring a pitcher of water
or how a cluster of 7 stars is called Hercules.
But tonight I’m sitting on the edge of the world,
or at least the edge of a continent, it’s a place
away from it all, where the “light pollution” is low.
I point my smartphone to the sky and try to learn
what I could never figure out from a textbook or
Mr. Wright, my eight grade Earth Science teacher.
And for a moment, I remember the commercial’s
clever catchall phrase, “There’s an app for that”.

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