"Now gleaming at magnitude -4.3, Venus has been ascending dramatically higher in February  No other star (other than the sun) or planet can come close to matching Venus in brilliance." -  space.com




"Look west," she said

pointing toward the horizon- away from the lights of our suburb  


Yes I said,  placing my hand over her outstretched fingers 

I can see it


in our cloudless sky Venus sparkled

a single jewel next to a crescent moon


"Nights like this I feel like Luke",  she said

while I stood behind her,                                                                                                                                                speechless.     








Hes"pe*rus (?), n. [L. See Hesper.]


Venus when she is the evening star; Hesper.




The Sun was sunk, and after him the Star Of Hesperus. Milton.


© Webster 1913.

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