in the constellation of orion

last night i looked up at orion, clear against the sharp sky, and saw something like a memory 22 years gone--

--the slope of a backyard, grass under feet,  fireflies competing against the belt and jagged horse's head, the smell of new england summer and the urge to sit and stare up at the night sky forever.


images via NOAO/AURA/NSF 
kent kirkley
atlas of the universe 

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