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looking for Perseus

by Peter Humphreys

have you ever felt
like a complete idiot
there I was
sitting in a
collapsing
self-folding
garden chair
as stable
as an Irish bank
leaning
as far back
as I could
without ending up
at the doctor’s
with neck strain
looking for Perseus
who I believe
was hiding
somewhere
below Cassiopeia
for the best possible reasons
I hasten to add
and me
sitting
waiting
just
waiting
like a banana
in a dentist’s
waiting room
waiting
just waiting
then
with no warning
and
over in seconds
a long
tapoured
dazzling
white light
slashed
the sky
tinged with red
as though
on fire
in the icy
wastes
of space
my God
what a sight
what a wondrous
mystical
stunningly
beautiful sight
over in a fraction of a second
millions of miles away
O what wonder
what awe

08/17/2010

Posted on 08/17/2010
Copyright © 2021 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 08/18/10 at 12:36 AM

I love the staccato. The brief lines really worked to your advantage here--one just kind of drags you into the next, and before ya know it, the whole thing's over, and you're sitting there wondering what the hell happened. I loved this, awesome work.

Posted by George Hoerner on 08/18/10 at 01:52 PM

Meteorites are great aren't they. And when you see a good size one they are really awesome. Another fine one for your library Peter. And when seen they are like gods come to see us.

Posted by Paganini Jones on 08/18/10 at 10:07 PM

I remember seeing my first iridium flare:) I like the choppiness and suspense of this poem. You just know something is going to happen and you've set us up to expect something bad of the chair (stable as an Irish bank - lovely image), so even though we know something will happen, the something that happens takes us by surprise & blows us away. Excellent!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/18/10 at 11:36 PM

We saw this one - I'm sure the same one :) - it was jaw dropping and grand, yet you have given such an atmosphere of anticipation and an afterglow of appreciation. Thank you.

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