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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.