the matter of mars

my life

can be determined by

the matter of Mars

from mid-May ‘til

earliest of June

Mars, the red planet

the warrior planet

should shimmer/twinkle

deepest, brightest red

sky-gazing in my experience

falls into a few categories

and parameters

the phenomenon doesn’t happen

like the year the Perseids were

to blanket the sky

be too thick to count –

sorry, but  my neck still hurts

from hours of waiting for the

blanket on the blanket

the phenomenon happens

but I don’t see it

99.9% of my sky-gazing

on those special nights

is through clouds thin

or thick

meteorologist says “clear weather all this week,

so the when the night skies . . . “

I say “going to be cloudy every night

with a good chance of rain.”

the phenomenon happens

and I plan to and do

see it .01%

the last pass of MIR around earth

a pass or two of the space station

the planet alignment (maybe)

the phenomenon I didn’t know about

but saw

swirling, twirling “bright object” crossing the sky

(NASA maintains “space junk,” “old satellite” but . . .)

the green-dancing glow of the northern lights

in southern-eastern Maritimes

tonight I realized that its

the matter of Mars

did I see it?

two reddish roundish pin-pricks of light

one could have been Mars

(night light pollution)

neither moved – not planes

or interplanetary travelers

so, when someone asks:

did you see Mars, I can say maybe, maybe not

(you guessed it, nights planned for watching were cloudy, often rainy. Much like in Camelot I guess.)*

*R. Burton, J. Andrews, on Ed. Sullivan song; Burton sings [in] Camelot from the Broadway show

 

*It’s true! It’s true! The crown has made it clear.
The climate must be perfect all the year. . . .

. . .  In Camelot.
Camelot! Camelot!
I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Camelot, Camelot
That’s how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.

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