This poem first appeared in New Writing Scotland 29
The constellation sees centuries of dust
cling to a comet’s tail,
returning each year to shame the stars
in their kaleidoscope trail.
Danaë heard the drip-drip of Zeus
as he poured into her virginal tomb.
Then, the steady nine-month alchemy,
and a son who could turn flesh to stone.
Now, as the debris burns and blazes,
open-mouthed heads tilt skywards
and spectators are stunned to statues,
struck dumb by a shower of meteor dust
that springs from the star-studded product of lust
who was born of a shower of gold.