As first light gently pulls the dawn across the earth,
Supine Orion readies his bed for the dream of day, and
Slumbers within sight of the tranquil Pleiades
Now cloaked by the glowing summer moon and, soon, the sun.
At sunfall when night next crosses east to west,
Orion rises late with sword unsheathed and shield uplifted, and
Strews the embers from his forge into the darkness of the night,
And sets to glowing these diamonds on black velvet smooth to touch.
From age to age his valiant stance unchanged,
Once his ancient eponym held dominion o’er the earth.
Knows he now the obeisance that is due,
Hunter’s turned to hunted by the founder of the forge.