I have heard that Mars is rising
in the Eastern sky. For several nights
I have looked for her.
She appeared in a guise
that I had not seen before
bright and about a fist
at arm’s reach above the tree line,
spiked shards of black pine just above the shake
roofs A true drop of blood
I do not think I can recall
ever seeing before.
No wonder she is the goddess
of war, Calafia burns angry
in the night sky. Alabaster Khonsu! I hate
prophecy in the stars.
thank you NASA for the picture!