advent journal: star treatment


star treatment

we drove down
to the water
last night to see
the suggestion
of a star made
by two planets

closer than they
have been in
eight hundred years
close enough
to imagine a star
worth following

a beautiful night
on the shoreline
snow on the rocks
all of us spread
out staring in the
same direction

our instructions
were to look
southwest above
the horizon
forty-five minutes
after sunset

what we saw was
a band of clouds
a cosmic event
daunted by the
daily forecast
and then a star

a bright star not
epic but bright
and we decided
it was the one and
we drove home the
way we had come



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