E.E. Nobbs is from Canada and the author of “The Invisible Girl”. Find out more at –  https://ellyfromearth.wordpress.com/

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Geometry Kit


I cut a larger one from cardboard -
tracing, marking with pen all ninety degrees
(times two) from the plastic protractor.


Used my dad's rough hand tools: saw, hammer,
nails, two scraps of lath, baler twine, bolts
with rusted nuts. Forgot until today


they're called astrolabes. It worked.
Confirmed the latitude of where I stood
on the cusp of a dark childhood hill,


by eyeing up Polaris in the North -
checking the positions of planets
in space as they changed with time


of night or seasons, with my Golden 
Guide of Astronomy charts (much repaired
with tape) - back when I knew my place.