Chasing Orion

Instant lift off. In orbit,
Feet give way to an automation set
To rhythmic heartbeats enumerated
By the mind. Elliptical shapes join
In the culmination of meters.
A planar surface leaning against
The ground rises up to stars
Twinkling like diamonds tucked
In velvet. The eastern sky glows
In shades much lighter, acting
As a guide in the absence of the moon
On this medial night. Twelve circuits
Permeate the space becoming manifested
In time. The first revolution, comes
Unknown, inevitable, common. Once
Logged, the countdown begins.
Eleven,
Ten,
Nine…
Figures move about, lurking in shadows
Without faces, intent unknown, ominous,
Perhaps innocent on twin expeditions.
Mission not aborted, safety sensors
Engaged. The constellations take center
Stage. Then suddenly Orion. Magnificent.
Eight,
Seven,
Six,
Five…
Heart pounding, arms in pendulum motion,
Legs reaching to catch up, teeth clenched.
The last stretch coming.
Four,
Three,
Two…
Never close enough, never good enough,
Despite all efforts. Running side
By side with Leo
And leaving Cygnus behind.
The end is coming, give it all.

Copyright © 2013 Shainbird. All rights reserved.

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About Shainbird

"A lonely craftsman putting one word after another."
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3 Responses to Chasing Orion

  1. Tina Liu says:

    I absolutely love astronomy, the sky and stars. This poem is so lovely… “Heart pounding, arms in pendulum motion” I like how you integrated the countdown into the poem 🙂

  2. Shainbird says:

    Thank you Tina! It is always gratifying when a reader is motivated enough to write a reaction. I could spend hours outside just staring at the sky at the expense of my neck, day or night, and how amazing is cloud gazing?!

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