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UKArchive ID: 31937Christmas Star December 2013 by prospero
Originally published on December 9, 2013 in Poetry

I had been looking forward to seeing Comet Iolan as a brilliant Christmas Star this December. Oh well:-(



Venus in the evening sky,
Then later
Jupiter in the East
And red Mars to the South.
Low above the faint yellow glow
From the newly set sun
A thin sliver of new moon.
Somewhere in that yellow glow
Doomed comet Iolan
Scatters its detritus around solar system.

So this year no Christmas Star.
Instead Sun and Moon combine
To raise high spring tides
And an area of deep low pressure
Sucking up the North Sea
As the cyclone's fierce northerly wind
Blows cold sea water over flood defences
Onto vulnerable English plains.

Comets are supposed to herald disaster,
This one has lived up to tradition.
Happy Christmas to everyone in
Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
Watch out for more Christmas Stars next year.

© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 31937
Archived comments for Christmas Star December 2013
deadpoet on 10-12-2013
Christmas Star December 2013
I will indeed look out for Christmas stars though I am not in the towns you mention. But a Merry Christmas to you. Fierce storms indeed- we have also had them.
I like this descriptive poem.

Pia.

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Thankyou Pia - You can still see and enjoy the sight of Venus is the West and Jupiter in the East.

bo_duke99 on 11-12-2013
Christmas Star December 2013
cool, a coherent little journey - Greg

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ValDohren on 12-12-2013
Christmas Star December 2013
Perhaps it was Venus that was observed 2000 years ago. Very. Likely I believe. Merry Christmas to you Corin.
Val

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