Hailey’s Comet meteor dust shower and Poetry

An Orionid meteor photographed on Oct. 21, 2008, by amateur astronomer Rich Swanson of Sierra Vista, Arizona http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/19oct_orionids/

In the Planetarium


I read the palms of the other
kids on the field trip to see
which ones would grow up
to be astronauts. The lifeline
on Betty Lou’s beautiful hand
ended the day after tomorrow,
so I told her how the rest
of our lives is vastly over-rated,
even in neighboring galaxies.
When she asked me how I knew
so much, I said I watched
War of the Worlds six times
and, if she went with me to
the double-feature tomorrow,
I’d finish explaining the universe.
I smiled winningly. The Haley’s Comet
lecture by our teacher whooshed in
my one ear and out the other.


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