Three Giza pyramids align to the belt in Orion
while the Sphinx smiles at Leo
and placidly languishes
in the nebula area backlit by Trapezium.
It is Orion’s triple stellar sword
and star clusters eagerly conceive here.
Khafra – Alnilam
Menkaura – Mintaka
Behind Orion’s belt lies a place
sacred to the Maya.
Named Horsehead, it is a dark area
where dust and gas condense to star form.
A nursery place where stars are born.

Plumes of gas thrust from Alpha Orionis
threatening a sinister stellar explosion
from Orion’s shoulder.
The luminous photosphere reveals
a bright spot looking towards its death throes.
Orion the hunter clubs an unwilling sky into rebirth.