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


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.

© 2008 Electronic Poetry Review