Out of Tune with the Stars


Our stars today forecast
A doleful horoscope:
To dwell on sorrows past
Without a gleam of hope,

But blood in us demurs.
We opt for ecstasy,
Out of tune with the stars
And well content to be.

X.J. Kennedy’s books include The Lords of Misrule, given the Poet’s Prize in 2004; Exploding Gravy; and The Owlstone Crown. With his wife Dorothy, he edited Knee-Deep in Blazing Snow by the late Vermont poet James Hayford.

First published in Measure, Volume 1 (2006)