by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Oh, Lion of Nemea,
killed by Hercules,
but reviving as a constellation,
and a radiant for
the most spectacular meteor outbursts!

Was your main star Regulus
a part of the Star of Kings,
in association with Jupiter and Venus,
as some astronomers said?

I don't know ... Nobody knows ...
But I thank you, Leo,
for you hosted that conjunction
occuring close to Regulus
in the year 2 B.C.,
and giving to humanity
one of the greatest shows of light,
after the giant fireballs,
after the Moon,
after the Sun...

Copyright © 2003, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Andrei Dorian Gheorghe is the founder and director of the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM. He is the editor of over 30 slim English anthologies of Romanian and international astropoetry, and is the author of original astropoetry performances presented at the International Meteor Organization Conferences 1997-2002, the Leonid MAC Workshop of NASA (Tel Aviv, 2000), and the European Convention of Science Fiction - Romania 2001. In 2003, he initiated the Meteor Contemporary Poetry Project for the IMO.

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