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Diary of the Andromeda Night watchman (standard:poetry, 217 words)
Author: kendall thomas Added: Mar 14 2007Views/Reads: 1741/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)

April 19 

snowed early in the morning 

then the sun came out 

on the hiking trail 

with my dog and a blue sky 

white fluffy clouds 

a fifty-five pound pack 

through the quivering leaves 

a lake sparkles 

and through an opening 

purple snow-capped mountains on the horizon 

my dog runs ahead 

sniffing this way and that 

almost unable to contain herself 

so happy she runs back to lick my hand 

then off she goes 

an open space 

on the side of a hill 

that swells up to the sky 

gives such a view of tall 

green spring grasses swaying and 

rock outcroppings 

narrowing down to the horizon 

through a silver stream-centered valley 

I make my camp before night fall and 

in the celestial night 

I step away from the fire 

and stare up into the sky 

and far from blinding city lights spot Andromeda 

some 2.5 million light years away 

approaching our sun at 300 kilometers per second 

3 billion years they will collide 

I smoke and contemplate 

A rumble of thunder 

a swelling blackness covers the northern stars 

I get in my tent 

snug in my sleeping bag 

and listen to the first rain drops 

pitter pattering on the nylon shell 

and I lie awake into the night 

listening to the rain 

cuddled with my dog 


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