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Jupiter & the moon beneath Venus.
March 25, 2012.




Little Crum Creek
comes and goes–


the waxing moon
beside Jupiter and Venus.

Steadily a cold season moon waxes toward full,

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nightly climbing a bare-limbed horizon,

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when suddenly a red maple, lashed with fresh flowers,

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signals spring’s arrival upon winter’s final round.





 This week a friend and guide recalled some Thoreau for me:

“You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.”

 And this morning, in the quiet vigil of cold clear hours, earth turned to cast our collective shadow on the sky above Orion.  We had only then open our eyes to behold, in the long dark before dawn, Little Crum Creek exhibiting its tawny mark with all the world on autumn’s final full moon.


Crescent moon, waxing and setting, in the western sky.

Soon appearing on either side, Orion (below, left) and Taurus (above, right).

Castor and Pollux standing by.

(April 18-19, after 8pm)