To My Astrologist Friend by William Taylor Jr.

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To My Astrologist Friend

You’ll probably say it’s just my
Scorpio ascending in the third house
of something or other,

but I don’t think the stars
have much to say

about our lives
and what we’ve made of them,

far away as they are, and consumed
with their own burning.

But if you want to chart the course
of your sad little boat
by the light of their lonely ghosts,

dreaming it will guide you to some
imagined shore,

it’s your own business;

I suspect they will not know or care,
caught and falling
in the same night as you.


William Taylor Jr.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. An Age of Monsters, his first book of fiction, was published by Epic Rites Press in 2011. The Blood of a Tourist (Sunnyoutside, 2014) is his latest collection of poetry. His work has appeared in The Chiron Review, The New York Quarterly, and many other journals worldwide. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award.