Post 198: Holy Ones, Big Dipper, sparklers, shrimpers, night sky

by Carol Bass

The Real Reason Shrimpers Go Out

tonight the big dipper was leaning on the horizon
like a man on a lamppost
handle reaching down
mixing with the light
of one boat

the other shrimpers
their boats lined along the night edge
were watching
awed, a bit jealous, I supposed…
diesel engines puttering away
deeper into the vastness

then last night
a thousand miles out
behind cosmic storm clouds
the Holy Ones were twirling
giant lightening sparklers

well past midnight they played
striking fire from one cloud to another
even when I left for bed
on into the early morning
on my dark walls
the lights flashed