The DOG of "Dog Days"
original poem by Patty of DogBarks
In ancient times,
the Chinese folk and Europeans, too,
Connected stars, like dot to dot,
then named the things they drew.
We know these now as
'constellations' with 88 to see,
But one group more than all the rest,
brought "Dog Days" into being.
The brightest star in all the sky,
how glorious it shines!
The Great Creator chose its place
within the BIG Canine!
The Romans thought that Sirius,
with all its radiant might,
Must add extra heat to earth,
because it was so bright.
The Dog Star, in the summertime,
does travel with the sun.
He walks with Sun across His path
until the day is done.
This double dose of heat put forth,
the ancients were quite sure,
Caused a stretch of sultry days,
as long as Dog did tour.
So in July when night has come,
and in the sky you see,
The brightest star upon
the chest of Dog shine brilliantly,
Be certain he is nudging leash
and collar from their rest
For 40 days of walking beside Sun
from east to west!
Today, the "Dog Days of Summer"
are designated as July 3rd to August 11th.