by Izabela Boros
I wanted to collect small stars.
Hercules promised me his help,
but changed his mind:
he couldn't abandon Lyra's music,
and had to watch the Dragon.
I asked for Pegasus' help,
but Andromeda needed it more.
I went to Bootes, and he helped me
to put a lot of stars
in the Big Chariot.
But, passing by the Dragon,
its damned tail hit the Chariot,
and my little stars
were thrown to Perseus.
Now I am helpless,
and can just see my little stars
when the Perseid meteor shower appears.
Copyright © 2001, Izabela Boros
~ English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe ~
~first English version published in Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry 2001 and Guests ~
Izabela Boros is an office worker in Romania and one of the hopes of the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM.
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