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  • Tonight is the last
    evening of June.
    After sunset I take my dog
    to the river
    to find an unobstructed view
    of the horizon.
    An ideal spot to look up
    at the sky
    which is dressed in indigo
    and not too dark yet.

    I'm looking west, west,
    northwest.
    Just above the hills and low
    on the horizon.
    I finally see them.
    Venus is low
    and extremely bright,
    with Jupiter on top.

    From my point of view
    in the darkness,
    they are so close I could cover
    them both with the tip
    of my outstretched finger.

    My eyes squint so the planets blur
    and blend
    together into a double star.
    They are close enough to
    read each other poems
    on the front porch
    of my tiny, rented bungalow.

    Can these, will these
    planets get any closer?
    Soothsayers: What say you,
    about these heavenly bodies?
    Across the night sky,
    beyond this small perspective,
    see the infinite.
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