α UMi / Mary Hanrahan
The first time I saw it blink
I knew there was a way out.
A pulsating massive F7 supergiant
brighter than the sun, not the brightest
but so consistent, for now
in being where it needs to be.
Aratus once gazed into space
and decided to write a cosmic
manifesto. Let me be clear,
the rite of celestial nomenclature
is fascinating but not necessary.
I just want to look up
and be thrilled. Point to the sky
there it is again.
Mary Hanrahan is an writer living with PTSD. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ellipsis Zine, Ephemerae, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets,and elsewhere.