We watch a beautiful sunset
as our anticipation is building
for another celestial event,
the Christmas Star, the Great
Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
Not since 1226 have they been
so closely aligned – a rare event
on this Winter’s Solstice – but just
as we set the telescope lens toward
the mark in the sky, clouds settle,
a wash of gray and periwinkle
after the staggering orange and red
of day’s end, but we wait, hopeful
the clouds will lift, and so we
envision the Magi, the gifts,
the One we celebrate, the advent
of the bright and morning star.
—C.L. Fisher, December 2020
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