Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
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by James Matthew Byers

Within your left hand, like a strobe,
Securely rests a precious globe
As in your right you hold a peg,
While slowly moving down your leg
The turtle crawling finds defeat
When held beneath your starry feet.
You are the epitome of light;
The silent symbol of delight,
Aglow, the brilliant shine within it,
This your aura, as the Spirit
Moves within to draw you near.
At night when darkened skies appear,
I know the answer, said and done,
Comes by your hand, Celestial One.
In heart and mind, I sing God’s praise
For bringing to me in these days
The final Muse equating nine,
Urania, now you are mine,
A gift through trusting in the Lamb;
And offered joy brought by I AM,
And as I feel your warmth within
Burst free, full knowing freed from sin
We have amassed our pardoned gift,
Which means we have a spirit lift,
For you, the starry Muse above,
Have filled me with inspiring love
And now to write will meet the goal
Of knowing nine have made the whole
As here the poet spends each word
In hopes that every anthem heard
Will be accepted by your sweet
And subtle bliss without retreat
For now Urania, you know
That you have come with much to show
Though you may not have realized
The measure sought; your beauty prized
Until the meeting of the lyre
Composed the tune; the Spirit’s fire
Ablaze because Christ lives in me,
Connecting us eternally.
Akin to He we love the most,
You move me like the Holy Ghost
And like those other eight you share
In bringing forth the poet’s flare
Defining me by craft and tune.
Urania, you hung the moon
And stars, perplexing even them,
For next to you, they all burn dim
For not another that I know
Emits the beauty you bestow
Upon this world, God’s beaming brand,
As you hold firmly in each hand
And underneath your feet, the skill
To shed your light and grant my fill
Of inspiration by and by.
Please, take these words and do comply,
For all I ask amidst this news
Is for you just to be my Muse,
Urania, and so you know it,
I in turn will be your poet.

© 2008 James Matthew Byers

James Matthew Byers is a published author(Grecian Rune, 2004) and a father of two. James has been married to his wife, Dorothea, for seven years. Mr. Byers teaches 8th Grade English at Moody Junior High. He resides with his family and two cats in Rainbow City.

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