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Close-up of Burritt's "Geography of the Heavens" blacked out with chalks.

Close-up of some of the circumpolar constellations (Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco) from Burritt’s “Geography of the Heavens”; I blacked out the original image with chalks.

I hold certain things
circumpolar

and pass them–
too dear to part with–
from hand to hand

in a tight
vigil.

This is love
as Tethys and I know it–

our section of sky
heavy with
the familiar
curving day and night

because we make it so

our weighted hands
brushing
the horizon.