nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – vantage point for planets

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If there are clear pre-sunrise morning skies this week, we will be able to see a rare view of several planets in the morning sky – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter.  For a description of the event, see http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

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Last year, on February 21st, we saw the conjunction of Mars, Venus and the Moon. On that evening, as my husband and I drove through our local covered bridge, we startled a hare.  I will never forget its long-eared shadow as it fled the bridge. The conjunction of planets and moon, and snowshoe hare and truck, were inspiration for a drawing and poem …

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March 1, 2015 'conjunction' Jane Tims

March 1, 2015 ‘conjunction’ Jane Tims

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conjunction – February 21, 2015

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Patrick Owens Covered Bridge

Rusagonis River #2

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planet and moon light scamper

into crevasses in the covered bridge

Venus and Mars, chin velvet

and sickle of mid-winter moon

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headlights of the half-ton enter

overwhelm planet shadow

startle a winter hare

erect on haunches, paw lifted

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frosted by sky-gaze, worshiping

the sliver of moon, dismayed

at desecration, round glare

of the truck’s predatory eyes

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fright to stop a heart

or flight to mobilize

hind- legs straighten

before fore-legs turn

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and long ear shadows

quit the length of the bridge

ahead of whiskers, nose

and rabbit wisdom

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previously published in a post March 2, 2015

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

February 3, 2016 at 7:45 am

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  1. Planets, the moon, and a hare. What a wonderful combination. I like your drawing, and the poem is wonderful, too. 🙂

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    Robin

    February 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    • The mythology of the moon gazing hare is so interesting. Lots of lovely images on the web! Jane

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      jane tims

      February 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm


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