Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem celebrates spring’s warmest month in the northern hemisphere, as it prepares to hand over to summer. It is mirrored in the bottom half by the Crux (Southern Cross) star constellation, which has four main stars (although there is a fifth prominent one), as there are four seasons in many northern hemisphere countries and regions.
Learning from Poetry
One of the most fascinating facts learnt during research for the poem was that Crux was visible as far north as Britain until the fourth millennium BC. As explained on Wikipedia, ‘the precession of the equinoxes gradually lowered its stars below the European horizon, and they were eventually forgotten by the inhabitants of northern latitudes.‘
Height of Spring, Stars order Heart
after the April March
of vulgar life
making a scene
in the northern hemisphere
do the dandelions dance, like leopards in love
in the southern semi-circle
creating a shape
changes over time
above Delta Acrux Mimosa
Ship of fools
on deck of rum luck rules.
Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travel-writer correspondent at the Greenygrey. I asked to introduce today’s blog, which I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to read is the midweek episode of fantasy comedy classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.
As my human parallel Jack Kerouac‘s first novel was based on his time at sea, I was excited about the maritime meanderings developing in the travel tale. It inspired the above poem, which would probably have fitted quite nicely into the book!
In today’s episode the Werewolf of Ozzers meet another candidate for the funniest character Grey met on its epic solo Ozyssey, as Captain Dec O’ Rum introduces his shipmate. Bon Voyage!
64. DIONYSUS OF THE SEAS AND TIN KETTLE TEAS
We sailed up Bass Strait. I could hear a low thumping noise below the waves that sounded fishy.
I’d thought there was only Captain Dec O’ Rum on board, but then he called down to somebody below deck. A few minutes later, a man emerged with a bottle of wine in each hand. His sleeves were rolled up, and shirt buttons undone; showing several female-image tattoos on his arms and chest.
‘Hello butty,’ he said to Captain Dec, ‘anything I can do for you, like.’
Captain Dec replied that he wanted to introduce him to us. After telling him our names, Dec introduced the wine and women loving salty dog as Dai ‘on the Seas’. We had a nice chat, and Dai said he had acquired his nickname to differentiate him from his two best friends back home, a pilot now known as Dai ‘in the air’ and a farmer called Dai ‘of the land’.
It was getting late when we left, but Bonzo really wanted to visit Little Dog Island, so Dec said we could spend an hour or three there.
Bonzo had been barking up the right tree with his choice, as it was wonderful on the island; afterwards, I thought it was ruff luck we didn’t also have time to visit Great Dog Island.
Sail Through Sister
As we sailed up the east coast of Flinders Island, Elle wanted to check out the Sister Islands. So we landed. The island was full of sisters, but Elle didn’t recognise any.
We continued sailing north, and had a merry night singing sea shanties under the Southern Cross.
The Southern Cross is the most famous stars shape visible in the southern night sky. It is part of the Crux constellation.
Dionysus was the Greek god of nature and wine.
Cape Barren Island, Tin Kettle Island, Little Dog Island, Great Dog Island, Flinders Island, Sister Islands and The Sister Islands Conservation Area are all real places between Tasmania and Victoria.
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