Ursa Major (Two Brothers)

by Zigmund Tauberg

When I was a child,
sometimes in the clear nights
I observed the canopy of heaven,
watching curious the constellations,
and, near me, my big brother
told me the stars are suns
placed at immense distances.

He showed me the two chariots,
Polaris, and other stars.
What wonderful nights!

And, suddenly, I saw a small star
near a brighter star,
and I found their names in the map:
Alcor and Mizar,
two brothers in Ursa Major.

Years passed ...
My eye-sight has become weak,
and, now, that small star
is invisible for me.

My brother is gone overseas
for this life ... or more,
and I don't see him,
as I don't see Alcor.

Copyright © 2001, Zigmund Tauberg

~ English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe ~
~ first English published in Romanian Contemporary Astropoetry 2001 and Guests ~

Zigmund Tauberg teaches mathematics in Romania. A popularizer of astronomy, he was named laureate for "pedagogical astropoetry" at the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM

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