Poetry

Ikeya-Seki

Ikeya-Seki You woke me in the early dark to share the wonder you had found: far off in the east, almost touching the black horizon rim, a livid thumb-print on the night. A creature from the realm of stars had come as close as it might to dominate our firmament, the first, only comet we shared. As if awakening from sleep I wonder what that moment meant; why hadn’t I remembered it in the forty-seven years elapsed? My father you had long cast off but kept me as close as you dared; afraid of touch, you sought to bind us…

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