vermont 2020

perseids remembered

in the rowboat calm lake starry sky

no moon daughter demi and I talk

quietly or not at all keeping watch for

shooting stars tonight is the perseid

shower it's been an hour still no display

suddenly a giant ball of fire arches across

the sky horizon to horizon momentary

daylight we gasp we simultaneously hear

gasps from all along the shore we'd thought

we were alone waiting but that simultaneous

wonder proved all were out on their docks

watching too it was a moment never to be

forgotten the perseid shower will come here

soon watch on august 12th we are covid

quarantined but we can still survey the sky

2020 Jacqueline Jackson

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