In the dusky blue of early evening

Venus emerges like a lantern in the west

then Jupiter following loyally

like a light bearing knight;

three fat seals lay above the tide line,

one snorting and belching in his sleep,

dreaming of deep water and fish;

a pair of otters swim beneath them

floating in the flood, waiting for dinner

as Sirius fires in the east,

then Orion’s great scabbard

with Betelgeuse then Aldebaran pointing

toward the twinkling sisters of Pleiades;

the seal disturbs a flock of resting geese

who honk off to the nearby bay

as Mars, Ursa Major, Polaris and more

fill the sky with unfathomable patterns;

when daylight completely vanishes

thousands of stars shine

through the dark form of towering firs

crossed by the shadows of bat and owl,

speaking the secret life of Earth

that was and is and without vanity shall be

within the vast envelope of heaven.