Tuesday, July 26, 2011

astronomy 101

I kissed her right shoulder.
'And that would be Betelgeuse'.
She laughed. 'Oh, go on'.
Our vagabond bicycles rested against a splintered post, up beyond a country road at a dirt bike path to a pasture lane on an unexpectedly warm early April, hidden from the glare of city lights, lost from civilization, an abandoned 1954 dog-eared Guide To The Night Sky and red-lensed flashlight at our feet. Millions of firefly's hearts pulsed so far out of reach from horizon to moonless horizon.
'Pay attention now', I playfully scolded, 'Orion will disappear quickly'. I wrapped her waist and pulled her close. 'And your waist is the belt of Orion'. The cyclist in tangerine bike shorts did not resist.
'Where?', she whispered up under my chin.
'Up there', and she followed my lofting gaze, 'three stars in a row, see?'
'Yes, I see'.
'And follow those three down, and you have Sirius, the dog star, most brilliant of them all'. She held me tight, becoming the hunter of a grateful and surrendering prey.
'The belt is tied to the dog'.
'Nice'. I kissed her. 'Couldn't have stated it better. I am the dog'.


Blogger Dave King said...

An excellent response to the prompt. Very impressive.

7/26/2011 5:41 AM  
Blogger Other Mary said...

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7/26/2011 11:57 AM  
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7/26/2011 11:57 AM  
Blogger Other Mary said...

Ok, gonna try once more! What I have been trying to write is that this is quite simply a delight!

7/26/2011 12:02 PM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

A starry tale indeed ... I always liked Orion's belt - it was so easy to identify correctly for a youngster.♥

7/26/2011 1:34 PM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...


7/26/2011 2:10 PM  
Blogger phil said...

@Dave - Thanks!

@Other Mary - the third time's a charm. Thanks!

Thanks Jinksy & Tess!

7/27/2011 9:30 PM  
Blogger Morning said...

steamy hot in many senses, well done.

7/27/2011 9:54 PM  
Blogger PattyF said...

What a marvelous vignette! It seems we intruded at just the right time!

7/30/2011 2:31 PM  

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