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Heart of the Scorpion

18 Apr 2013, 03:21 UTC
Heart of the Scorpion
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Orion in all his hunting never thought small until the scorpion arrived and showed the absurd arc of its weapon underfoot. No doubt Orion laughed and scatter shot arrows into the ground around his meager prey which barely moved until its telson delivered the surprise into the heel in one strike– hunter with red embers …Read More

John Flamsteed’s Scorpius from Atlas Coelestis (1753). (Thanks to the Chandra X-Ray Observatory for posting image online.)
Orion
in all his hunting
never thought small
until the scorpion arrived
and showed the absurd arc
of its weapon
underfoot.
No doubt
Orion laughed
and scatter shot arrows
into the ground
around his meager prey
which barely moved
until its telson
delivered the surprise
into the heel
in one strike–
hunter with red embers
where a heart should be.

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