Golden and glowing, that star in the chariot
High in the winter sky, nudging the Milky Way
She’s just a kid in the arms of the driver, or
Stars in two pairs to the person who cares for
Astronomy details as well as the myths which give
Rise to the names and the stories we love.
Only Arcturus and Vega outshine her from
Half of the world, namely our Northern Hemisphere
Savor the sight in Auriga high overhead
Bright golden light from the huge giant binary
Look between Taurus and Camelopardalis
Prominent now but by summer she’s gone.
This I wrote for the February issue of the Blue Moon Observer, monthly newsletter of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society. It is posted to Mindful Poetry, Susan Budig's group which accepts only poetry in form; the form is called Dactyl Form. Not to be confused with dactyl as the pattern in a "foot" of meter, the Dactyl Form is one which uses dactylic feet. An example is Alfred Lord Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. Notice that the terminal two unstressed syllables are absent from the last line of each stanza. Inspired by Capella herself, currently high in the Milky Way in the evening from the Northern Hemisphere.