You buy a dog for company and
settle into a quiet life of teaching
and staring through the telescope
late into the night.
You get excited when, one morning
at 4 a.m., you are able to view five
planets simultaneously in the southwestern
sky. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and
Jupiter, visible in a wide arc low above
the horizon. You want to tell someone,
but there’s no one who cares.