Aei Phanēs, Always Visible to

Longing Eyes

by Russell Hemmell

We’ll cherish Polaris over all the stars,

the Medieval sailors in the Mediterranean Sea pledged,

using its shimmering light

to find their way into the unknown,

between the strange and the wondrous.


They ignored that even stars

moved across the galaxy,



singing in inaudible voices.

But they didn’t need to know to believe.

Thousands of them followed,

crossing the world’s seven seas.

And when the sailors’ names were lost in time,

among the violence of squalls,

sea storms,

and the screams of the seagulls,

elusive Polaris stood out there,

among all its billion siblings,

to entice humankind to the next frontier

and populate their fearful dreams.



Russell Hemmell is a French-Italian transplant in Scotland, passionate about astrophysics, history, and Japanese manga. Winner of the Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing. Recent work in Aurealis, Cast of Wonders, Flame Tree Press, and others. SFWA, HWA and Codexian. Find them online at their blog earthianhivemind.net and on Twitter @SPBianchini.

Poetry by Russell Hemmell:

"Aei Phanēs, Always Visible to Longing Eyes" August 2020