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Michael Simms: The Great Conjunction

December 21, 2020
It is the night of the Great Conjunction,
Jupiter and Saturn merging in the sky
forming the Christmas Star, and also
it is the Winter Solstice.
I think of Wise Men
following their star, and 
our ancestors building bonfires
to tempt the Sun to warm the fields.
I think of the sun rising between 
ancient standing stones, 
and Persians gathering for Yaldā Night
to eat pomegranates
and recite the poems of Hafez.
In America, 
we have been in quarantine 
six months, seeing almost no one 
as the days darken.
It is the birthday of my sister,
my beautiful sister Elizabeth
who killed herself thirteen years ago.
A conjunction of darknesses…
the night lit by a single star
which isn’t a star at all
but two giant globes of ice --
they’ll have to do.
Great Jupiter, King of Cosmic Law,
Saturn, Bringer of Prosperity,
where are You now 
in our godless country
ruled by liars and thieves
cheered by a chorus of fools?

Michael Simms is the founder and editor of Vox Populi. His newest collection of poetry is American Ash (Ragged Sky, 2020).

Copyright 2020 Michael Simms

Jupiter and Saturn shine close to the moon on December 17 (photo: Space.com)

10 comments on “Michael Simms: The Great Conjunction

  1. russell buker
    December 22, 2020

    Sadly we missed the conjunction here in the North East due to heavy fog and snow but it seems as though weather always obliterates anything in our skies. Loved your historic poem and hope you do not mind reading mine along a similar theme:
    Winter solstice 2020

    among these trees shower
    are dreams of long
    journeys undecided

    once had a slow-down
    stains and rings a
    in wood grains heart

    with endeavors to re-
    myself worthy tell
    your serpent’s got it wrong

    selling winter apples
    the rain forest of
    petulant heart

    Russell Buker 12/20/2020

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Saleh Razzouk
    December 21, 2020

    Black comedy.
    A world standing on its head.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. charliebrice2017
    December 21, 2020

    Dear Michael, A chorus of fools indeed. Great poem! Thanks for sharing. Charlie

    Liked by 1 person

  4. loranneke
    December 21, 2020

    Such an evocative and powerful poem Mike!


  5. loranneke
    December 21, 2020

    What a powerful poem, Michael!


  6. majidnaficy
    December 21, 2020

    Beautiful Mike! My sister Naficeh was born on this night too . I talked to her, who lives in Isfahan on the phone last night.May the memory of your sister be alive. warmly, Majid

    “And yet it does turn!” Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

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