Women Looking To The Sky

 

Women are keen observers of the magic and nature of things. My girlfriends and I discuss the complexities of our lives and the nuances of what it takes to keep things in balance. We discuss our astrology and how it plays itself out within our realities. I feel a deep connection to stars, the sky, and the expanse of the universe. I felt this poem, Planetarium, was beautiful and needed to be shared.

Planetarium

BY ADRIENNE RICH

Thinking of Caroline Herschel (1750—1848)
astronomer, sister of William; and others.

A woman in the shape of a monster   

a monster in the shape of a woman   

the skies are full of them


a woman      ‘in the snow

among the Clocks and instruments   

or measuring the ground with poles’


in her 98 years to discover   

8 comets


she whom the moon ruled   

like us

levitating into the night sky   

riding the polished lenses


Galaxies of women, there

doing penance for impetuousness   

ribs chilled   

in those spaces    of the mind


An eye,


          ‘virile, precise and absolutely certain’

          from the mad webs of Uranusborg


                                                            encountering the NOVA   


every impulse of light exploding


from the core

as life flies out of us


             Tycho whispering at last

             ‘Let me not seem to have lived in vain’


What we see, we see   

and seeing is changing


the light that shrivels a mountain   

and leaves a man alive


Heartbeat of the pulsar

heart sweating through my body


The radio impulse   

pouring in from Taurus


         I am bombarded yet         I stand


I have been standing all my life in the   

direct path of a battery of signals

the most accurately transmitted most   

untranslatable language in the universe

I am a galactic cloud so deep      so invo-

luted that a light wave could take 15   

years to travel through me       And has   

taken      I am an instrument in the shape   

of a woman trying to translate pulsations   

into images    for the relief of the body   

and the reconstruction of the mind.


 
Chelsea Vaughn