music: How long has this been going on Carmen McRae
A group of stars, older than almost everything,
generations name them by association:
lion, dragon, warrior, fish. Each name is a story.
Patterns agreed upon, relied upon, navigated by.
A long time ago, one star detonated with a local cataclysm,
a long time later, it's light stream trickles to a stop.
People look up, use the old names, some notice the missing,
eye, or hand, or fin, a nagging omission.
Later other patterns are imagined and inspired,
new names proposed: squid, rabbit, woman.
A new 'always' forms, admitting different threads of light,
and their stories.
james on 09.28.06 @ 12:11 PM EST [link]