December eleventh, twenty-one
Seventeen, near the greatest transit
Of Venus. Now. Who will be watching
Then, when your compositor is dead?
Edmond Halley didn't stick around
To see his prediction's fruition.
Mark Twain famously claimed to bracket
Two appearances of Ed's namesake.
Or he didn't. Who knows with Mark Twain,
The most misquoted American?
Serves him right for ginning his own name.
That's the way it goes with human names,
As if there were any other kind
No other kind could point to proudly.
Venus. Halley. Mark Twain. Alice Springs
Eternal for mortal visitors.