Astronomy Lesson

The Perseids are simply flying debris, said the scholar. Nothing more than cosmic refuse. But then he’s never seen those streaks of blue burn above the charged green trees like a lonely wife’s stinging tears  — all electricity and vengeful astronomy, static suburban nerves and fireball fury so high in the childless night that the neighbors don’t even have to strain to watch the show unfold over the fence, to see the stars fall right out of the sky.

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image: Perseid meteor shower of September 6 and 7, 1880-1881, Popular Science Monthly, Volume 18, author unknown {{PD US expired}}

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