June 3, 2021

Orion Walks

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 pm by Rev. Thomas Perchlik

About 9 or 9:30 PM tonight my dog Sox (or Socks) and I will take a walk, just as we have for years. But I will miss Orion. Through late fall and winter I have watched him cross the southern skies. Each night when the clouds pulled back (more often than not) he appeared a little more toward the West. Always he walked with his dog, Sirius, as I walked with mine. Before him was Arigua, the great boar (I know most call him “the charioteer” but I have always seen him as a ridge-backed boar.) The eagle flies above Orion’s head. He and his dog also hunt the bull. Perhaps he sees Cameolopardis, or Draco, or the Great Bear in the distance. Behind him stalks Leo, regal and silent.

Today, the first stars will not appear above Puget Sound until almost ten. Through the summer the deadly scorpion follows the hunter’s path. I will almost forget his companionship. Then he will will appear, out walking, yet again.

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