Stephanie Strickland



  Versus Vega : Precessing


That first fact that a Star
Appears fixed, a Nail
Of the North
, a Sky
Hole to hold Earth axle—
Spin-steer, Lodestar

            Cynosura.

Pole Star to the Akkadai,
Spinning Girl,
Girl with a Shuttle in China.
Vega in Lyra—tortoise shell—
Solar System flying toward her.

            13 millennia on,

Once again Vega Pole Star—
Will on Earth any (be to) see her?
13 millennia back, bards, bull-
Jumpers, cats, the new
Great Lakes, blue-eyed flax.



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