Horsedrawn carriage of dawn.
The gentian violet & methylene blue
smeared sky prepares
for its meteor shower.
Rising maelstrom forges
from dustbank; first hooves,
then legs, then elongated face,
then the pelvis of a horse
until the equine coagulates
from thunderhead. While you
ghostpace the widow’s walk
of unequivocal Equuleus.
Nil desperandum –how can I
explain this to you?
Fogdog; Sputnik; Mourning Cloak:
stratocumulus of fossils.
These memories of you.
Your eyes, the color of altostratus.
You traverse the borderland.
like incus, genuflect
to the precession
of the equinoxes. I miss
you yet you haunt & hunt me,
you hurt me.
What can I say of grace?
Am I not myself
profane? You evolve
out of the parhelion
into an eyeless shadow
melting across the stone
face of a sundial,
*Nephogram: a photograph of a cloud
Gentian violet: a violet dye used as an antiseptic and as a stain in microscopy
Methylene blue: a bluish-green aniline dye…used as a bacteriological stain, an antidote in cyanide poisoning, etc.
Altostratus: bluish or grayish white sheets covering most or all of the sky between 6,500 and 23,000 feet
Equuleus: [L., dim. of equus, a horse]a very small constellation on the equator
Nil desperandum: nothing should be despaired of; never despair
Precession of the Equinoxes: the occurrence of the equinoxes earlier in each successive sidereal year, caused by the gradual westward movement of the equinoctial points along the ecliptic as the result of the change in direction of the earth’s axis as it turns around the axis of the ecliptic so as to describe a complete cone approximately every 26,000 years
Parhelion: a bright spot of light sometimes seen on the ring of a solar halo; mock sun; sun dog
Graupel: falling pelts of snow; also known as soft hail
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