Susan Carol Hauser

Parsing the City: Saint Paul, Minnesota

In Parsing the City on January 24, 2015 at 1:48 am

Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 23, 2015

I saw Orion tonight, hanging halfway to apex in the southeastern sky, skiffs of clouds cutting across his torso, the gleaming light of a jet plane climbing his scabbard. The moon was out, too, waxing quarter crescent, in the southwest sky. Me, I was standing on the dark, wet street, standing in a thin rivulet of melted snow. I was getting out of my car and had glanced into the sky for no reason, and there was Orion, and I stopped, not thinking this would happen in the glow of city lights. I looked up and around to see if there was more, and that’s when I saw the moon. Two-hundred and fifty miles north of here, I used to watch it lay its light upon the snowfield of Lake Puposky, undimmed by the few tepid house lights that flickered like candles along the shore, there as here Orion hard on its heels.

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  1. Exquisitely written moment.

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