By: ailsaandlisa

Mar 23 2014

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Category: free verse, poem

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Focal Length:20mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D5100

Sally welcomes us all to the Macc Astro Star Party
and does the raffle for a book called ‘Universe’.

Andrew informs us that ‘planet’ is from the Greek
word for ‘wanderer’ and that the Great Red Storm
on Jupiter is three times the size of Earth. It must
be even windier there than the summit of Tegg’s.

One of Jupiter’s moons is named after a priestess
he seduced then turned into a heifer so his wife
wouldn’t find out. Io is the most volcanic object
in the Solar System, which is not surprising.

Outside it is cold and proper dark. Steve traces
constellations in red on the black sky, tells us
the tragic, bloody stories of Cassiopeia, Orion,
Andromeda, Castor and Pollux, Leo. I wonder

if Io was an ancestor of the cows that graze
in the Four Fields. The stars are very close here.


This is the third of twelve poems by Ailsa Holland as Poet in Residence at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Cheshire. Photo by Sally-Anne Stubbs.

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