The Wise Men And The Star

The proper place for stars is in the sky
lighting the whole world, but negotiating only
with the highly qualified – master mariners, astrophysicists,
professionals like ourselves.

This one came unscheduled, nudged us roughly
out of routine, led us a wild goose chase,
and perching here, above unspeakable rafters,
common as a starling on a washing line,
whistles to every callow Dick and Harry,
idling amazed around, “OK, pals, I’ve done my bit.
Over to you, now, Earth.”

( UA Fanthorpe, 1929-2009 )


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