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.





from Huracan's Harp: 119

© 2008 Electronic Poetry Review