(Asteroid discovered October 14, 1982)
Having lost you in the earth,
having left you alone in the cold clay,
they assigned you to the stars.
They looked to the zenith,
found you orbiting the sun
between Jupiter and Mars.
For the way of comets
is the poet’s way.
Turn your back on the chair
in the entrance hall of the heavens,
bear witness to the night.
Watch as a storm rages in the skies,
as metallic bodies collide to produce
the fine dust of zodiacal light.
Stephanie Conn is a primary school teacher from County Antrim. She developed and teaches the literacy programme, ‘Passport to Poetry’. Her poetry has been published in a range of journals and magazines. She is currently completing her MA in poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast. Recently, her poetry was shortlisted in the Anam Cara Poetry Competition and highly commended in the Doire Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. She has just been awarded a bursary to attend the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.