|BE A STAR
Comic Updated October 3, 2008
Last night, around 1 AM, I was outside taking
Augie "Ben" Doggy for a walk; I looked up into the chilly autumn sky, and
saw, on the horizon*, the distinct three-stars-in-a-straight-line pattern
of the belt of Orion the Hunter, better known as Orion the Only Constellation
that Actually Looks Like Anything.
Orion is a winter constellation in the northern
hemisphere, and his reappearance filled me with a withering comprehension
of the unrelenting, glacial passage of time. There are few words to properly
describe the effect of seeing an image of Man in the void of space, an image
of Man that was old before Man left the swamps. I stared silently into the
And then Augie twisted her leash around my legs
and tripped me.
Orion, of course, is pointing his bow at the
constellation of Taurus, the bull, who is charging him. This is the universe's
oldest recorded Mexican Standoff.
*I live in hilly country, so my
horizon should be adjusted up about a hundred feet from ordinary, plains-state
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