Of Stars and Sky

by Michael Ashley

when my father
pointed out the belt
and sword

I never really saw it

he called it Orion
and told me
when we weren’t together
we’d both be able to see it

recently it dawned
this was his half-arsed
way of saying goodbye

perhaps if I’d been
a little older

I may have made more
of the moment

but even today I can’t make
out The Hunter

it all still looks like sky
to me.

Michael Ashley is a 30 year old man who lives in Huddersfield. In between the humdrum of life and walking his dogs, he writes a little poetry.

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  1. #1 by jennifer walmsley on January 29, 2012 - 8:36 am

    Love the simplicity of this which speaks volumes. There’s bitterness after abandonment there. Those last lines, for me, imply that he doesn’t want to see Orion.

  2. #2 by ramsea on January 29, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Beautiful and disturbing. Thank you for this—it really struck at the heart.

  3. #3 by A Ward on January 29, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Really liked this one Michael. Hope you write a little more!

  4. #4 by Jan Lane on February 1, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Michael, I really liked the simplicity and depth. I hope to see more of your work.

  5. #5 by Cath Barton on February 1, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Sparse and sure.

  6. #6 by Sir Algernon on February 1, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    I thought this was really funny. Touching yes, but funny mostly. I love the phrase ‘half-arsed’. It should be used more often.

  7. #7 by Sandra on February 2, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    There’s a voice in this that comes through really well. Really enjoyed it, thank you,

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