Reflections of a History Professor Looking Through a Telescope at 4 a.m., Part VI


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.


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