His little son beside him, the philosophy professor
pulls his big, black pickup over, halloas
at the crazy old poet walking in the twilight.
He is taking the boy beyond the city’s lights
to the country to watch Venus rising.
The old poet trudges along, a fist full of stars in her hand,
stars caught like butterflies
from the deserts at Sharm el-Sheikh,
dipped from the waves of Okoboji,
and those tame ones that alighted unbidden
on her fingers like iridescent hummingbirds.
Now she is almost home.
After dark the boy will return with a planet,
shiny as a new marble, in his pocket.