Stars in my eyes

Epitome of adventure,
beyond the pale:
pulsars of romantic light,
impracticable fantasy.

Stars, the borrowers of light,
reflected back to us
patterns made of galaxies
in unlikely clusters.

Fanciful astronomers named them
after mythical groups
Apollo, Leo, Orion, Sagittarius –
unlikely specks of clay.

We think of stars as shining things
instead of lumps of rock,
inanimate and darkly useless
to us here on earth.

Strange it is that stars remain
entangled in romance,
figure in the daydreams
of innocence.


for Margo Roby’s Tuesday’s Tryout


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8 Responses to Stars in my eyes

  1. Not so strange – they are far away, unknowable – that’s human catnip.

    Love this: Stars, the borrowers of light


  2. You’ve hit marvelously well on a favorite topic, Viv! I enjoyed this so much!


  3. whimsygizmo says:

    LOVE “borrowers of light,” especially!


  4. julespaige says:

    I really like your verse. And the star map is a bonus. I wish I knew more of the names of the star patterns. I know Orion and Cassiopeia. When I visited Maui I saw a big box in the sky… I am not sure what it was… I found this map:
    I think I may have seen Pegasus. Although I was looking at a star chart for Sept 2014 and we were visiting in September… so the square I saw might have been part of Hercules.

    Thanks for your visit… you have renewed my interest in the night sky. I haven’t been able to stay up too late. As I’m watching both grandchildren all week and they wear me out! 🙂


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