Astrolabe by Marianne Tefft

Astrolabe (after 10th C. astronomer Mariam Al-Astrulabi)
by Marianne Tefft

Before I became a woman whose gaze reached toward infinity
I walked hand in hand with my father in the fragrant market
Fingers interwoven like the knots of my mother’s rug
Eyes carefully fixed on the potholed street
That I would not lose my way 
Among the spires that sliced the clouds
Maybe you do not know  
My father named me for the sea and ancient river
That cradle the once-shining city of my birth
Among all the drops that fill the oceans of the world
I always knew I was beloved
For even as a child I was allowed 
To hold the Universe in my hands
And look beyond the circumscribed fate of those 
Who would become our daughters
Toward the place where you can read my name
Indelibly written among the stars

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Marianne Tefft is a poet and voiceover reader who daylights as a Montessori teacher on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Her poems appear online and in print in North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. She is a regular contributor to online Open Mic events, such as Inspired Poetry Corner (Toronto) and Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York City), and her audio poems have aired at Wednesday Night Poetry (Arkansas USA), CIUT-FM Howl (Toronto) and Eat the Storms (Ireland). She is the author of the 2022 poetry collections Full Moon Fire: Spoken Songs of Love and Moonchild: Poems for Moon Lovers. You can follow Marianne here:

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