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  • Valentin Grigore
    Hi to all meteor lovers. Here is the 2004 winter solstice issue of METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT with the correct links of the previous issues. Enjoy !
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      Hi to all meteor lovers.
      Here is the 2004 winter solstice issue of
      METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT
      with the correct links of the previous issues.
      Enjoy !

      Coordinators

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      METEOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY PROJECT (4)
      and other related or special astropoems

      ~ Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (sarm@...), Alastair
      McBeath (meteor@...), Valentin Grigore
      (vali_sarm@...) ~

      Previous issues:
      -Leopoetry, a prologue at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1088
      -Meteor Contemporary Poetry at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1177
      -Meteor Contemporary Poetry (2) at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1321
      -Meteor Contemporary Poetry (3) at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imo-news/message/1392

      In this issue:
      I. METEOR POETRY
      -1. A UNIQUE EVENING OF PERSEID POETRY (Dan Mitrut,
      Alina Istrate, Belgian observers, Valentin Grigore,
      Zigmund Tauberg, Ion Moraru, Dominic Diamant, Benny
      Geys, Catalin Bunofschi, Victor Chifelea, Koen
      Clement, Maria Nutu-Sima, Jos Nijland, Gabriel
      Ivanescu, Jean-Marc Wislez, Daniel Fisher, Adrian
      Sima, Gelu-Claudiu Radu, Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)
      -2. TO THE �PERSEIDS 2004-DARMANESTI & CORBASCA�
      INTERNATIONAL CAMP (Dan Mitrut)
      -3. METEOR HAIKUS (Danut Ionescu, Iulian Olaru,
      Michaela Al. Orescu, Erina Yanagida, Zigmund Tauberg,
      Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, Cristian Miala, Iulian Andrei,
      Adrian Sima, Dominic Diamant)
      -4. METEOR POEMS (Tina Visarian, Dan Mitrut, Sorin
      Hotea, Diana Maria Ogescu, Gerald England, Arnold
      Leinweber, Constantin Dumitrescu-Cunctator, Mircea
      Babescu, Malcolm Currie, Razvan Ciomartan, David
      Asher, Ionel Catalin Diaconu, Steve Sneyd, Alexandru
      Conu, Adrian Sima, Calin Niculae, Arlene Carol Brill,
      Dominic Diamant, Valentin Grigore, Andrei Dorian
      Gheorghe, Zigmund Tauberg, Tania Tilici)
      -5. THE LEONIDS (Alastair McBeath)
      -6. 2004�S LAST WEEKS (Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)
      II. OTHER RELATED OR SPECIAL ASTROPOEMS (Diana
      Alexandra Ardelean, Zigmund Tauberg, Andrei Dorian
      Gheorghe, Virgil V. Scurtu, Dominic Diamant, Emil
      Neata, Dan Mitrut, Doug Tanoury, Adrian Sima, Arnold
      Leinweber)

      The next issue, for which we wait for submissions,
      will appear at the summer solstice 2005. -
      Coordinators

      ~METEOR POETRY~

      <1. A UNIQUE EVENING OF PERSEID POETRY>
      (poems read on 2004, August 12th, during the
      Romanian-Dutch-Belgian-German camp �Perseids 2004�
      (12th edition), organized by the Romanian Society for
      Meteors and Astronomy-SARM in Darmanesti and Corbasca,
      Bacau County, Moldavia, Romania; all the poems below
      were exhibited at IMC 2004-Varna, Bulgaria)~

      BITS OF PERSEUS
      ~by Dan Mitrut (Romania)~

      Glow worms falling
      upon leaves of life.
      Every August
      they revive, dying
      in each heart
      given to the sky.

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Alina Istrate (Romania)~

      We can dream,
      we shall travel in the Universe
      going where today we can go
      only with our gaze.

      Until those times,
      the Perseids remain
      our place of meeting.

      DARMANESTI 2004
      ~by the Belgian delegation~

      Some Belgians travelling to this place
      Learned only one Romanian phrase.
      They could use it right away,
      On the very first day:

      �Este plin de olandezi!�
      (�It is full of Dutch people!�)

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      DARMANESTI 2004
      ~by Valentin Grigore (Romania)~

      Meteors knitting clouds in the sky
      and hopes in the watchers� souls.
      People from four countries
      looking together at the land above:

      �Perseids are coming!�

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Zigmund Tauberg (Romania)~

      The night sky is alight. Thus,
      meteors appear as a real rain.
      Is master Perseus so angry
      that throws burning stones at us?

      METEORS (2)
      ~by Ion Moraru (Romania)~

      In summer time
      I was on a mountain
      to observe meteors.

      In that waiting,
      my mind returned to my town
      among smoke, noise and bosses.

      Suddenly
      some Perseid joy came,
      given from somewhere,
      from above.

      Go to the mountain
      of your life, please!

      It needs you!

      HAIKU
      ~by Dominic Diamant (Romania)~

      sidereal knight
      his helmet with diamonds
      perseids

      LIMERICK
      ~by Benny Geys (Belgium)~

      There was a small rock from space
      Who flew at a terrible pace
      It hurled through the sky
      And I�m still wondering why
      It chose to land right in my face.

      A SIMPLE FINDING BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST
      ~by Catalin Bunofschi (Romania)~

      Perseus pours out light
      into the people�s souls.

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Victor Chifelea (Romania)~

      Attention, please,
      danger of contamination,
      microbes of the Universe appear
      periodically inflaming
      the velvet veil of the night.

      MY LITTLE STAR
      ~by Koen Clement (Belgium)~

      From so far
      you are
      my little star

      But when thou come near me
      you appear to me
      like a Perseid
      shining bright behind a tree
      or somewhere I cannot see
      that�s when I look at thee
      too frequent and too speedy
      never where I expect you to be

      Why is it that from so far
      you are like a star?

      Never changing
      ever twinkling
      from too much �palinka� drinking

      In theory I observe good
      but with Moldavian flood
      I�m stuck in practicalities
      hiking on floating trees

      With my hungry eyes
      but obscure sights
      and greedy hands
      in these muddy lands
      I read for you firm and thorough
      only to be found a mosquito

      Maybe to understand you well
      I should look peripheral
      so that there is no need to speak and spell
      and for me to tell

      That from so far
      you are
      my little star

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Maria Nutu-Sima (Romania)~

      fragments of smile

      broken magnitude
      in the iron light

      burnt sound

      or sometimes dust
      without destiny

      A PERSEID IN ROMANIA
      ~by Jos Nijland (Holland)~

      When a meteor, a meteor, a meteor is there,
      You will never know when or what or even why it
      appears.

      When a Perseid, a Perseid, a Perseid is there,
      You hope it is not in vain, and the sky is perfectly
      clear.

      When a meteor, a meteor, a meteor is there,
      I wish everybody luck today, tomorrow, the whole year.


      When a Perseid, a Perseid, a Perseid is there,
      I have to think of Romania, of all the fine people
      there.

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Gabriel Ivanescu (Romania)~

      summer nights
      with ephemeral brilliance
      meteors which disappear
      showing us that life is short

      after them only the remembrance
      of a unique spectacle

      the people too
      we have a high fire
      which guides us

      PERSEID POETIC DUMBSHOW
      (to Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)
      ~by Jean-Marc Wislez (Belgium)~

      (Note: Played by the Belgian Group, this dumbshow was
      a short evocation of the mainly cloudy Perseid
      observation night of August 11/12, 2004 in Darmanesti-
      the first location for double station observations
      initiated by the Dutch group.)

      A girl played Cassiopeia and Perseus, her arms folded
      in W-shape.
      All other participants (but two) were Perseids. They
      came to her one by one, and she pushed them across the
      scene, firing the meteors through the sky.
      The meteors were having a real party: shouting,
      jumping, laughing, leaving trails of toilet paper,
      making joyful sounds�
      Only one detail: all this happened behind a large
      waving screen held by the other two participants,
      symbolizing the clouds.
      The spectators only saw very small bits of the Perseid
      fun, and could only guess what was happening.
      The observers were finally teased with the mention
      that the Perseids had a lot of fun, and that we hope
      they had fun too�

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      DOGS OF CORBASCA,
      AUGUST 12TH, 2004
      ~by Daniel Fisher (Germany)~

      (Note: Corbasca was the second location for Perseid
      double station observations)

      When the Eight from SARM, DMS & AKM
      came upon Corbasca�s marvellous skies,
      the dogs were singing, for hours,
      in all directions, a polyphonic symphony.

      Were they laughing at the failed predictions
      of a Perseid mini-storm that midnight?

      Were they celebrating a maximum night
      as good as any in recent years?

      Or was it just another ordinary night
      in Corbasca, the village at the edge of nowhere?

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      A DIALOGUE WITH A PERSEID FIREBALL
      ~by Adrian Sima (Romania)~

      I ask him: �Arrow?�
      He replies me: ��of light.�
      I wonder: �Sacrifice?�
      He says: �� for the light.�
      I cry: �How long?�
      He breathes
      dripping insistently, insistently:
      �Shadow, only shadow
      is in the gravity of each thing.�

      ~performed also at IMC 2004~

      METEORS IN THE DANUBE DELTA
      ~by Gelu-Claudiu Radu (Romania)~

      Night intense heat.
      Mosquitoes lie on water lilies.
      Perseids!

      PERSEIDS
      ~by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)~

      not about perseus
      but about his radiant

      not about the hero�s bravery
      but about his zenithal hourly rate

      not about his remembrance
      but about his fireballs

      not about the speed of light
      but about the periodic speed
      of the summer maximum
      of our sky feelings

      ~read also at IMC 2004~

      <2. TO THE �PERSEIDS 2004-DARMANESTI & CORBASCA�
      INTERNATIONAL CAMP, ROMANIA>
      ~a special cycle by Dan Mitrut (Romania)~

      (TO THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 12/13,
      WHEN VALENTIN GRIGORE AND HIS CHILDREN
      REMAINED TILL THE MORNING UNDER THE PERSEID LIGHT)

      your children will get up
      as the radiant grows to the zenith
      you will take them under the sky
      and will ask if these drops of light mean
      love breezing gently in august

      and they will reply to you, smiling:

      �father, this is the whole fortune:
      some shadows counting stars�

      ~performed at IMC 2004~

      (TOGETHER THE COSMOS)

      perseids and people
      dreams weaving in the high atmosphere
      from august to august
      like a heart beat

      (AQUARID)

      the blue wing of a fireball
      forgetting its flight
      between pegasus and aquila

      from grass
      pencils write the eternity
      of a �6 moment

      (FEELING)

      how could beauty be complete
      otherwise
      than in a meteor�s silence
      piercing the night heart?

      (PERSEIDS 2004)

      for a cub of star
      even the clear waters of the eyes
      keep silent

      for a cub of star
      leaves sing magnitudes
      condemned to the darkness

      for a cub of star
      we sacrifice the august sleep
      shed tears
      and continue

      <3. METEOR HAIKUS>

      AVANTGARDE
      ~by Danut Ionescu (Romania / New Zealand)~

      yahoo yahoo yahoo
      let�s do at least let�s do
      a meteor haiku

      HAIKU
      ~by Iulian Olaru (Romania)~

      falling star
      in man�s soul-
      eternity?

      HAIKU
      ~by Michaela Al. Orescu (Romania)~

      obscure in the void
      necklaces from comets
      incandescent in the air

      HAIKU
      ~by Erina Yanagida (Japan)~

      I want to watch
      lovely meteors
      with my love

      ~read at IMC 2004~

      HAIKU
      ~by Zigmund Tauberg (Romania)~

      in the atmosphere
      meteors passing
      trails of light dancing

      QUADRANTIDS
      ~by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)~

      winter sky disciples
      measuring high altitudes
      and fire angles

      METEORS
      ~by Cristian Miala (Romania)~

      tracks of light
      shadows of wishes
      the Earth�s blue abyss

      HAIKU
      ~by Iulian Andrei (Romania)~

      Look, a meteor!
      It photographed me�
      Wow, it blitzed me!

      LEONIDS
      ~by Adrian Sima (Romania)~

      nobody can lure
      the Leonid gods
      for they always rise too high�

      HAIKU
      ~by Dominic Diamant (Romania)~

      urchins with balls
      in the crossroad of the night
      oh meteors

      <4. METEOR POEMS>

      A DREAM FOR THE WINTER SKY
      ~by Tina Visarian (Romania)~

      Hard and cold solitude�
      pressing me in the night
      which rustles stars�

      I insatiably absorb their shine.

      The Phoenix bird appears
      urging me
      to take power
      from the meteors� flight
      and silence
      from the mild embrace of the sky.

      LYRID HAIKUS
      ~by Dan Mitrut (Romania)~

      *
      A sunset of embers.
      The shadow measures on tiptoe
      the dream light.

      *
      A shout of crane.
      Under the Milky Way
      a lost star.

      *
      Startings.
      My eyes are stolen by the sky.
      Dandelions rise.

      2003 MAY 6TH
      ~by Sorin Hotea (Romania)~

      This morning I wanted to see
      Eta Aquarids.

      I was out of home for a little time
      and I saw two meteors:
      -the first of them of 0 magnitude,
      in Pegasus - Cepheus,
      with a bright trace of 15 degrees,
      and lasting 2 seconds;
      -the second of them of 2 magnitude,
      faster in Cygnus,
      with a trace of about 10 degrees,
      and lasting 1 second.

      That was all I saw,
      and am satisfied:
      I can say I saw
      Eta Aquarids.

      SUMMER METEOR SHOWERS
      ~by Diana Maria Ogescu (Romania)~

      Light butterflies
      pollinate the world
      by seeds banished
      from the Universe�s oases.

      SCOTTISH SUMMER HOLIDAY WITHOUT METEORS
      ~by Gerald England (U.K.)~

      *
      longest day
      only a sliver of moon
      and a wispy cloud

      *
      northern summer
      the sky not dark enough
      to see Jupiter

      SOLAR ACTIVITY
      ~by Arnold Leinweber (Romania)~

      Even hidden during the starry night,
      he lightened
      the Moon and planets.

      Now the merry Sun
      is coming with the morning,
      washing his face with dew,
      changing the clothes
      of our hemisphere,
      and overcoming the meteors
      with thousands of rays�

      METEOR IMAGES FROM MY POEMS
      COMPOSED IN COMMUNIST POLITICAL PRISONS (1)
      1952, AIUD. METEOR IMAGE
      ~by Constantin Dumitrescu-Cunctator (91 years old,
      Romania)~

      From high horizons, like magic, a brand sputtering,
      And waters and reeds beginning to sing�

      MEASURES IN THE �PERSEIDS 2002� CAMP,
      CORBASCA, ROMANIA
      ~by Mircea Babescu (Romania)~

      To meet real people,
      I had to learn about
      counting falling stars.

      To see love for people,
      I had to learn about
      reading the sky�s clearness
      in constellations.

      To understand great souls,
      I had to learn about
      weighing the stars� magnitude.

      LIMERICK
      (to Rainer Arlt)
      ~by Malcolm Currie (U.K.)~

      A German astronomer named Rainer
      Observed meteors from his recliner
      During an intense Perseid shower
      He counted many times per hour
      Now his ZHR curve is much finer.

      ABOUT THE METEORS
      ~by Razvan Ciomartan (Romania)~

      We look at the sky�
      We see meteors�
      And� admiring their splendour,
      We see how each one
      Wishes to be the most spectacular�

      Meteors�
      Small stars
      Killed by their own love
      For the earthly women�

      AT THE INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE
      IN BOLLMANNSRUH, GERMANY, 2003 SEPTEMBER
      ~by David Asher (U.K.)~

      I really would be with the break
      To drink coffee and eat lots of cake
      Because the only thing worse
      In composing bad verse is
      To attempt to not stay awake.

      ~read at IMC 2003~

      MY GRANDMOTHER
      ~by Ionel Catalin Diaconu (Romania)~

      My grandmother said to me:
      �Look up there, my grandson,
      another star is fallen,
      another soul is gone.�

      I thought that
      my grandmother makes a joke,
      death and fear
      were the same for me.

      But today, the stars
      exist somewhere between
      my soul and my mind,
      and the truth is that
      my grandmother didn�t lie to me.

      Meteors for Earth-
      they are souls of the clear nights
      and whispers of the dying lights.

      OFF THE COAST OF THREE CROWNS
      ~by Steve Sneyd (U.K.)~

      three gas rigs� lights grin
      into such black no knowing
      where sea rubs sky-look,
      now, there, three meteors dive,
      one per rig, seeking their mates

      LOOKING FOR AURORAE AND SPORADIC METEORS
      IN 2003 OCTOBER
      ~by Alexandru Conu (Romania)~

      Good sky in North,
      6.5 magnitude at zenith,
      6 magnitude by Polaris.

      Good and nice�
      I see Helix, M 33, M 76, cloud�
      I see Snowball, M 31 (through my binocular�
      it seems to be more beautiful than anytime,
      I don�t know why), cloud�
      I see Blinking, cloud, cloud�
      and the mud collected by my shoes.

      Better luck next time!

      NEED OF MOTION
      ~by Adrian Sima (Romania)~

      Hidden on Earth
      I�m waiting for that pilgrimage
      of the meteors
      dipped in the atmospheric juice
      and I hope to catch the express
      from the ribs of the light

      I�m waiting for that galactic morning
      when I�ll not feel my body
      written by a mincing machine

      I�d walk arm in arm with the light
      through a square paved by rainbows,
      but I�m waiting for someone to invent
      my wings

      SPOKEN VERSE.
      BEFORE THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OF 2004 OCTOBER 27TH �
      ~by Calin Niculae (Romania)~

      � a �2 meteor came from the north
      and passed between Saturn (in Gemini) and Regulus
      like an unexpected charity.

      2004. AUTUMN QUICKY HAIKU
      ~by Arlene Carol Brill (Turkey)~

      *
      sadly a full moon
      blocks the fleeting meteor
      surprise! a lunar eclipse!!

      *
      no rain since last May�
      what is falling from the sky?
      go back to my bed!

      *
      rain rain go away
      move those bloody clouds away
      �damn November grey.

      THE MASTER OF THE LEONIDS
      ~by Dominic Diamant (Romania)~

      The Lion bending upon the prey�
      What a fantastic grace!
      What a fulminating jump!
      The Lion catching some star in his claws�

      All the Universe was burning and roaring,
      thrilling, just to see the Lion
      frantically relishing his victim.

      Galaxies dancing and shining!
      I was watching them, asking myself
      if it is fair to curse him.

      LEONIDS 2002
      ~by Valentin Grigore (Romania)~

      The Full Moon-
      witness at this outburst of sparkles
      come from the supreme light-
      tries through her brightness
      to attenuate the crowd
      of the Leonid midgets.
      But it is not easy!

      COMMUNITY
      ~by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)~

      Don�t talk to me, deep sky objects.
      Parliamentarians have explained that
      their lies are more beautiful.

      Don�t talk to me, comets and planets.
      Ministries have explained that
      the high prices are more interesting.

      Don�t talk to me, stars.
      Patrons have explained that
      watching the sky is not productive.

      But let me just admire all of you,
      heavenly bodies,
      as my protest
      pushed by the inertia
      of a meteor light.

      LOOKING FOR URSIDS
      ~by Zigmund Tauberg (Romania)

      In the canopy of heaven,
      Two very nice starry chariots appear.
      If they are good enough for walks,
      I would trustfully test them for the whole year.

      FORGETTING THE METEORS
      ~by Tania Tilici (Romania)~

      If we would be immortal
      In the Universe�s eternity�
      We would be incidentally born,
      Consuming our life
      Through boundless pulsations,
      And forgetting the meteors�

      <5. THE LEONIDS>
      ~a special cycle composed in December 2004 by Alastair
      McBeath (U.K.)~

      (THE LEONIDS 1998-2002: A RETROSPECTIVE)

      Were the expectations too high?
      Was there disappointment in the messages afterward?
      Did the storms not fill the skies as you�d hoped?
      Were you too occupied by the clouds to enjoy the
      meteors?
      Did you complain, even to yourself?

      Not me!
      For me, the Leonids were a delight in dreadful times.
      And a remembrance of my father, now he is gone.
      His excitement and enthusiasm
      Mirrored mine,
      From the great fireball night,
      To the crisp Leonid storm dawns of later years.
      And he was there.
      And always will be so.

      This year�s meteor starburst: Two sporadics at
      Leonid-time.
      But two years ago to the very night, it was three
      Leonids at the storm�s height.
      And another; and another; and another, and another,
      and another; and ANOTHER,
      Till the minute was done.
      That on a night of fogs, and clouds, and a wonderful,
      sudden clearance.
      A night that earlier had the gothic light of Poe�s
      cloud-shrouded Moon,
      That in Maryland was the light of Gaugin.

      Three more years back, and the night before.
      The clouds, the gaps, the meteors:
      The First Storm.

      How could there be so much cloud,
      Yet still show so many meteors?
      Imagining what the clouds hid.
      But what was missed, with four Leonids dripping
      together
      From a sliver of starry-cake sky, wrapped in a cloud
      icing?
      Six, six, six, eight;
      How many Leonids in four minutes to make the pulses�
      race?
      Did we notice the clouds? Or the cold?
      No � just the meteors, and each other�s joy.

      So back to 1998; another cloudy night.
      But never think November�s clouds won�t part.
      Ask if the Alpha Monocerotids saw Morpeth for the
      truth of that.

      The door opens. Cool air. Clouds.
      Step out � a Leonid! A Leonid in clouds!
      What the chance? What the brightness to be seen?
      And another! I�m still on the step!
      Has the storm come a year early, and a night too soon?

      Awake now; very awake. Rouse others. Observe.
      The clouds are gone, chased by the meteors and the
      heat of our elation.
      Gaze in amazement at a Moon-bright flash,
      With a minutes-long train � a line, a curve, a ring.
      Meteors making their own clouds of glowing radiance.
      The sky lights up with an unseen flare.
      No time to worry about that; there are plenty more.
      So many fireballs, and trains, and awe, and wonder.
      Even into the dawn, another fireball roars, as the
      Lion fades.
      And is gone.

      O tempora, O mores!
      A time for Leonids, and the custom of watching them.


      (GREEN-YELLOW-RED: THE 2004 LEONIDS)

      Green-yellow-red.
      The track of my first Leonid this year,
      Slipping across Leo as I stepped out the door.

      Green-yellow-red.
      Another Leonid, minutes later, low to the north.
      I need to be out observing, not just sky-gazing.

      Green-yellow-red.
      I�ve seen the colours on many Leonid photos.
      But why this year do I see them so clearly in the real
      meteor tracks?

      Green-yellow-red.

      <6. 2004�S LAST WEEKS>
      ~a special cycle by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)~

      (2004 NOVEMBER 5TH.
      SOUTHERN TAURID MAXIMUM
      AND VENUS-JUPITER CONJUNCTION)

      unhappy taurid
      two dreamt horns
      Venus and Jupiter

      (2004 SKY THEATRE)

      Leonid meteors
      playing a tragedy
      just their own decline

      (GEMINIDS 2004
      ~to Arnold Tukkers, Casper ter Kuile and Jos Nijland~)


      In spite of the cold�
      In spite of the distance�

      Castor and Pollux- indestructible brothers
      in a constellation

      Meteor observers- real friends
      on Earth

      Geminid meteors- kind intermediaries
      in the atmosphere

      ~II. OTHER RELATED OR SPECIAL ASTROPOEMS~

      UNIVERSE
      ~by Diana Alexandra Ardelean (10 years old, Romania)

      I�m still too young, but I�m a dreamer,
      and later I�d like to fly to the Sun,
      to be accompanied by thousands of meteors,
      and to see planets, and comets with long locks�

      Now I am content with the solar story
      in my room, or at the observatory.

      DIFERENCE BETWEEN AN AMATEUR OF METEOROLOGY
      AND AN AMATEUR OF ASTRONOMY
      ~by Zigmund Tauberg (Romania)~

      The first of them lives with his head
      Among the clouds,
      And the second of them lives with his head
      Among the stars.

      THE WONDERFUL SPRING SKY OF 2004
      ~by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romania)~

      (EQUINOX)

      Before your decline,
      Dear Sirius,
      you are for me
      the central character
      of this spring equinox:

      with Procyon and some star of Orion
      you make
      the traditional Winter Triangle,

      and with Jupiter and Venus
      you make a greater one,
      the festive Brightness Triangle!

      (7 OLD �PLANETS�)

      What in incredible spring!

      I can see Mercury, Venus,
      Mars, Saturn, Jupiter,
      and the Moon visiting them!

      I feel like a medieval chronicler,
      admiring these 6 �planets� of the night,
      and the greatest �planet�, the Sun,
      all day long.

      (I didn�t want to neglect you,
      Neptune, Saturn and Pluto,
      for I know
      you will be discovered soon
      by superior calculations and instruments.
      My apologies!)

      (VENUS AMONG THE PLEIADES)

      A high standard meeting,
      Venus and the Pleiades
      exchanging celestial techniques
      of beauty and brightness
      as from a champion planet
      to a champion starry cluster.

      (LUNAR ECLIPSE)

      You see, dear fellows,
      the darkness has its own
      stairs, and shadows, and nuances,
      so a lunar eclipse could be
      more darkened than another one.

      The thin clouds are only
      d�cor elements.

      (MOON / VENUS - OCCULTATION)

      We know who the symbol of beauty is,
      but sometimes we must remark
      there is a being,
      only one being,
      a heavenly being
      (Moon is her name),
      who can provoke
      (can I say so?)�

      an eclipse of Venus!

      (TRANSIT OF VENUS ACROSS THE SUN)

      Dear Venus,
      you were the hero of this spring:
      you met the Pleiades
      and spoke with the Moon.
      But I hope now you don�t want
      to eclipse the Sun.
      You would not have any chance!

      �On the contrary,� replies Venus,
      �this time the Sun and I try
      to unify our beauties
      only for you,
      dear earthlings!�

      (VENUS TRANSIT-II)

      It�s very hard to see
      a fireball in the day light,
      but I can say I saw
      a black ball in the Sun!

      (VENUS TRANSIT-III)

      What kind of love was it?
      The Sun and Venus�
      I think I know:
      a meteoric love!

      (OTHER CONCLUSIONS)

      I didn�t see too many meteors
      in the last three months.

      Perhaps it was a form of politeness
      for those comets
      (Linear, Neat and Bradfield),

      for those spectacular ladies
      of the wonderful spring sky of 2004.

      POLARIS
      ~by Virgil V. Scurtu (Romania)~

      Polaris� phenomena are relatively discreet,
      even if the North Star could be easily seen with the
      naked eye.
      Polaris sings its own melody
      in an undertone.

      A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE
      ~by Dominic Diamant (Romania)~

      Looking for a friend of mine,
      I found him just in the Austral Fish.

      A wandering, absent-minded
      and totalitarian comet,
      jumping from its orbit,
      tried to kill him
      because he didn�t respect it enough,
      so he ran, hiding himself
      around Fomalhaut.

      I asked him to come back
      into our system
      and to make things better,
      even if it is still a lot of dark,

      but he said he likes
      his new ark.

      MESSIER 2003.
      PROBLEMS FOR AN ASTRO-DRAWER
      ~by Emil Neata (Romania)~

      (03.04.03)

      At 120 x,
      M 42 presents details beyond
      my powers of drawing!

      (06.09.03)

      M 24 should not be drawn.
      M 24 is a little bit
      of the Milky Way!

      (08.27.03)

      I have drawn a few M objects,
      but I�m too scared of
      globular clusters!

      EXORCISM FOR A SHORT-SIGHTED COMET
      ~by Dan Mitrut (Romania)~

      Trace after herd,
      after cluster,
      cometary hives are
      desert and icy.
      Nature from look
      without bridegroom.
      Boulder, light in sieve,
      disheveled rusty tail.
      A blind being has hidden
      your sight.
      Crushed worlds.

      But you!
      Come on the path
      where the Sun is master
      and the Great Sky could be seen:
      stars, pixies, fire of stones, clear water of day�

      You are a mother (of meteors)
      and a kerchief (of heaven) too.

      Remain tailed,
      lightened and clean,
      like the white bread from wheat.

      If the sky would not lower
      into our thoughts,
      we would be lost.

      ASH LEAVES
      ~by Doug Tanoury (U.S.A.)~

      Overnight,
      The ash leaves have changed
      To ochre.
      Occasionally, one will drop to the lawn
      I�ll watch
      Its feathered fall that is more a floating,
      A delicate
      Drifting in zigzags to the ground,
      Spinning and twisting
      In sailing motions like a fishing spoon
      Swimming
      In clear Spring waters.

      This is
      The season of change and letting go,
      Of quiet
      Release and things shed in gentle winds.
      There is
      Alchemy in Autumn mornings
      That turn
      Base things golden and paints in
      Brilliant and
      Burning pigments upon each branch
      The stored up prismed
      And spectrumed light of August Sunsets.

      JUSTICE
      ~by Adrian Sima (Romania)~

      they caught the fugitive
      in the 7th dimension

      he just took rest
      at the shadow of an old nebula

      they tied him by cometary chains
      and meteoric hand-cuffs
      and carried him to their tribunal

      here they judged him roughly
      and finally
      put time at his feet
      because he dared
      to shock space
      with his dreams�

      COSMOS
      ~by Arnold Leinweber (Romania)~

      -In the astral canopy of the night,
      Thousands of stars watch Terra�s surface
      Through their brightness.
      -The Great Chariot with the Little Chariot,
      On starry roads,
      Make a race without any target.
      -An enthusiastic comet
      Tries to hinder them with its tail,
      And to overtake them.
      -But there is a referee, courageous Mars,
      Who uses a solar wind
      To whistle the fault.
      -Fire roads among the stars
      Are made by meteors with trails
      Which seem to cover a lot of light years.
      -Far away, the Swan wishes a marathon,
      And provokes the Eagle.
      -Sometimes, a wandering star runs
      As for a cross-country race.
      -Indignant black holes see all:
      �Could these stars make something useful?�

      But gracious Venus asks the Cosmos
      If it can do a federation for all of them,
      And proposes as the president, soon,
      Even the mild Moon!

      ***
      The copyright of the poems belongs to the authors and
      IMO.
      All the English translations from the Romanian were
      made by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
      http://www.adg2005.go.ro/index.html






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      Valentin Grigore
      President of SARM
      (Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)
      CP 14, OP 1, Targoviste, RO-130170, Dambovita, ROMANIA
      phone: +40 245 214389, +40 0722829034 (gsm)
      e-mail: sarm@..., vali_sarm@...
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