Maggie's Farm puts up good verse:
You know Orion always comes up sideways.
Throwing a leg up over our fence of mountains,
And rising on his hands, he looks in on me . . . .


douglas said...

I've always thought of Orion coming up out of the bushes for a clear shot, and then dropping back into the foliage. He's certainly my clock when I'm out at night.

Interesting piece.

Grim said...

I remember one time in Iraq, walking out well after dark and seeing Orion coming up. I pointed it out to the guys I was with, who were all city boys who grew up not seeing much of the stars. So when I told them "If you look to the south, you'll see Orion," they needed me first to describe what they were looking for -- the belt is the obvious first thing to direct them to -- and then wanted to know how I knew the direction I was pointing them to was south.

"Well," I told them, "because that's where Orion is."

Gringo said...

The only thing I learned from 8th grade science was the location of Orion. Southeast part of the sky. I assume I already knew about the dippers.