PROMPT #123 – GLITTERING STARS
The prompt title above, and my poem title below are both taken from Home on the Range, original text by Dr. Brewster Higley (1876) with subsequent modifications by William and Mary Goodwin (1904) and John A. Lomax (1910). Stars have always attracted poets, musicians, and artists of all stripes. Once upon a time, everyone could see what seemed to be all of them, but many who have grown up in large cities have no idea of the glittering glory of the nighttime skies, owing to light pollution. Write a “star” poem. It may be about a given star or constellation, or about stars and galaxies in general, or about extraordinary people or objects who become “stars” in their fields. ~William Preston
MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT
of luster and longingmorningstar of heaven beauty and power granted freely by He who gave you being born of light fallen of greed insatiable thirst for unmerited omnipotence can we shepherd the stars? no – nor harvest their brilliance to exploit the grandeur inherited from the God of their conception
© copyright 2013, Marie Elena Good
THE LIGHT OF THE GLITTERING STARS
I watch beneath eternal starry skies
that sail above the softly crashing sea.
They bring to my enraptured senses free
delights: the whites and blues of massive size;
a global cluster whose collection lies
beyond the Milky Way; the orange glee
of Betelgeuse; the greens content to be
reflections in the ocean’s midnight guise.
All of these stars, it seems, have always known
my needs; ever they proffered comfort when
I failed and cried; they never did condemn,
Once, in a silent time; a time alone
in endless, friendly space; I knew it then:
I know them all, for I am born of them.
© copyright 2013, William Preston