Constellations • Shauri Cherie
Modeled after Virgil Suarez's "Aguacero"
Those late hours lying on blankets in our
back lawn when the sky sparked with white
flashes, comets shooting through the night’s
hazy ink, crickets and the rustle of leaves
a soft backdrop to the stories my dad wove
while my eyes soaked in the sight of innumerable
stars forming the glinting constellations he
treated as old friends he’d known some lifetime before.
In the dark before me, I envisioned them,
Lepus chasing Lupus, Lynx, and Leo, narrowly
missing Sagittarius and Orion as they compared
their bows at the feet of Cassiopeia and Cepheus,
Andromeda poised on her father’s right side—
then a cat’s yowl sliced the crisp midnight air.