It's written in the stars...
I received the following email from Richard Cavendish-Westwood, a.k.a. Dr FTSE, concerning "stellar verse" after last week's look at The Pleiades short verse form.
"The ORION in its short form has 7 lines, 7 being the number of stars in the "simple" form of the Orion Constellation, i.e. without the Hunter's shield and club.
The seven lines which must begin with the initial letter of the names of the 7 stars working in sequence from the celestial zenith, ie,
B, B, M, A, A, R, S (see picture, and key below) and each line in the "pure" form of the Orion, must have seven syllables, but flexibility is allowed. There is no set rhyme scheme.
The LONGORION recognizes that some star maps of the Orion Constellation show an eighth star between Betelgeuse and Bellatrix, and higher in the sky than either of these. So the LONGORION has eight lines of seven syllables and the FIRST line can begin with any letter, since the eighth star is not usually named.
KEY: The seven principal stars in the ORION group.
Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Mintaka, Alnilam, Alnitak, Rigel, Saiph.
Their distances from SOL (the Sun) range from Bellatrix (240 light-years) to Alnilam (1300 light-years)
Betelgeuse (640 lightyears) is a potential "supernova" and indeed, may have exploded already only we haven't seen it yet. If so, since it's very close (in astronomical terms) WE'RE ALL TOAST - and so are the rest of the Orion Group!"
My thanks to Dr FTSE for making my task very easy this week, and for sharing this form and its history with us. I welcome everyone's input on Real Toads.