Today's poem was inspired by the prompt on the NaPoWriMo website (to write about stars).
Nothing has sparked mankind's imagination
like looking at the stars above
their twinkling, far away constellations
created many a tale of hate and love.
Eighty-eight of those rule our hemispheres, as we know
cataloged and named by those who came long before
who wanted to quench the thirst of those who live below
to answer questions, so each tell a myth of lore.
To tell these would take too much time
but let me list each of the constellations in rhyme.
Camelopardus and Casiopeia
rule the polar north along with these four:
Cepheus, Draco, Ursa Minor and Major.
Andromeda, Aries, Aquarius
Lacerta, Phoenix and Pegasus
Pisces and Piscis Austrinus (not to be confused)
Sculptur, Triangulum along with Grus
as well as Cetus and Perseus
in the spring down South they rule the sky
and the autumn up North, by and by.
Fornax, Pictor, Caelum
Gemini, Vela and Puppis (not puppies)
along with the major and minor canis
yes, those are what puppies become.
Horologium and Reticulum
(I wonder where these names come from?)
Orion, Auriga, Eridanus
Carina, Taurus and Lepus
and lastly, the lovely Columba
rule summer in the hemisphere Down Under
and winter, up North, no wonder.
Antlia, Bootes, Lynx, Corvus
Crater, Hydra, Cancer, Lupus
Canes Venatici and Pyxis
Leo, Corna Berenices
Leo Minor, Virgo, Centaurus
and finally Sextans all shine upon us
in the spring up North and autumn down South.
Aquila, Ara, Delphinus
Scutum, Serpens, Equuleus
Sagitta and Sagittarius
Lyra, Corona Borealis
Libra, Corona Australis
Microscopium and Telescopium
reign in unison
along with Ophiuchus
and finally Cygnus and Hercules
all these brighten the North in the summertime
and make South's winter sky shine.
Not to forget the solar polar
with Tucana, Musca, Mensa, Norma
Chamaleon and Apus
Crux, Volans, Circinus
Pavo, Hydrus, Octans, Dorado
all light it up with much bravado.