Orion is kind.
He has always held the door for me
when I traveled across the heavens.
And I hope
I will always be one of the Pleiades,
no matter what changes time works in me.
Venus, to me, will never be a woman
but Eärendil and his ship.
(I hope he/she doesn’t mind.)
Sirius is harder to find, but when I do
his tail always wags affably–
I am wary of the dippers, though.
There is no such thing as a tame bear.
I’m no good with conversations
We’re hardly on a first-name basis–
(though I can toss off a casual “Hey, Scorpio,” to impress a friend.
I was born under him.
Perhaps he’s the exception.)
–and maybe it’s just as well.
I don’t know what they would think if I told them
That if they were not Orion and Leo
Cassiopeia and the twins
Capricorn and Andromeda and Taurus
I would have named them