Skywatching

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August, & the empty catbird nest catches small walnuts that will never hatch. An early autumn chill settles into my kneecaps. Last night, a cricket made entirely of electrons haunted a cross-continental audio connection between computers. It sped up & slowed down according to no change in temperature that anyone could discern. Thus, perhaps, the Great Motherboard amuses herself. Today at sunset the sky was full of chimney swifts, & I watched them for a while because it’s the height of the Pleiades, & this was likely the only skywatching I would do. Swifts are well named. The clouds turned orange above them while they weaved & wheeled. For whose chimney were they the wayward smoke? And in the morning, sometimes the sun finds a hole in the wall of trees opposite my porch & blinds me for half a minute before inching upward. Then wherever I look I see its negative: dark suns swimming in a cloudless blue.

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  1. I love watching swifts too, and yes we have so much cloud at the moment its the only sky watching I’ll be doing!

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  2. Beautiful post, Dave…….I skywatch cloud or clear.

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  3. Glad this post resonated with you’ns. I added a couple of sentences to it this morning and decided to think of it as a prose poem. (Still not sure it goes anywhere, but what the hell.)

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  4. “dark suns swimming in a cloudless blue.” Lovely and truly poetic Via Negativa, Dave.

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  5. Ahh.. the Pleiades… thanks for the reminder of another sign of the coming Fall. I think tonight may be the best chance at a view.

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