We’re off work early, eyeing up the clouds,
Our children dancing sun-maker magic twist,
Blowing to whip wind to mist-shifting brisk.
Science and history are the idle chatter here:
From Cook’s transit sketches to what future
Space colony might carry Boulder’s gist
By the next match for this event on Earth.
The soul of Boulder funnels to the Fiske.

Queues around the amateur telescopes
Bursting into buzz about 4:05
When Venus first pin-punches through the sun disk;
Kids climb, eclipse shades pinned to eyes, the steep
Stone siding, supposing a closer look,
Ushered down by docents mindful of risk;
Odd carnival on the red rock commons—
The soul of Boulder funnels to the Fiske.

The crowd for eclipse just a fortnight ago
Set a world record for such a viewing;
Troll comments on the news went: “Oh Tsk! Tsk!
10,000 folks with nothing better to do?”
But if you’ve known the Flatiron influence,
The constant stroke of sun, and our obelisk
Of raised, massed hands reaching back up toward, toward…
The soul of Boulder funnels to the Fiske.

Public viewing of transit of Venus at Fiske Planetarium

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UCHE OGBUJI is a founding editor of the TNB Poetry section. He is also co-creator and co-host of the Poetry Voice podcast. His short collection of poems Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Awards. To expand a bit, Uche Ogbuji was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived, among other places, in Egypt and England before settling near Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his wife and four children. Uche is a computer engineer (trained in Nigeria and the USA) and entrepreneur whose abiding passion is poetry. His poems, fusing Igbo culture, European Classicism, U.S. Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop influences, have appeared widely. Uche also snowboards, coaches and plays soccer, and trains in American Kenpo. You can catch more of the prolifically fraying strands of his life on his home page, or, heck, even on Twitter.

2 responses to “Transit of Venus, Boulder, 2012”

  1. kristen says:

    Lovely, Uche. Was compelled to look up your “Flatiron influence.” On the heels of a wonder-filled Iceland trek, I’m all the more moved by such standout rocks…

    • Uche Ogbuji says:

      Thanks, Kristen. Yes the Flatirons are spectacular, and a source of much inspiration from me, and many Boulderites. Then again, I’ve never been to Iceland, but I’ve seen pictures and how amazing those treks must be!

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