|“The Reverend John Michell calculated in 1767 that the probability of a chance alignment of so many bright stars was only 1 in 500,000, and so correctly surmised that the Pleiades and many other clusters of stars must be physically related.”
As near as the tufts on a dandelion blown
that separate us. You stand, a bull tawny
is related. Our hair matches to the very root.
neither of us touching Aldebaran.
Alicia Cole, a writer and educator, lives in Lawrenceville, GA, with a photographer and a menagerie of familiars. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Liminality, Dark Mountain, and Lakeside Circus. Her musings on writing and life can be found at facebook.com/AliciaColewriter. She says:
My twin and I are very different human beings: she extroverted yet ranging close to home; I introverted yet adventurous. Both born in the sign of Taurus, we have gravitated our entire lives to our mother star. As a NASA engineer, a true rocket woman, she shines brightly. I am warm on making my own light, peeking out bit by bit from Mother’s corona; my twin stands calmly, in a place I do not yet understand.