Stargazing

the man sat gazing
awed by the vast firmament
night after endless night
terrified, alone
years rolled by

friends came
friends went
his children grew
and the world changed around him
the stars, they were too many

one May evening in the endless procession of months
in an Alley
the man and a friend sat and talked
unknown to the man
something stirred in the heavens
the night sky had changed

a few days later
a single beautiful star spoke to him
“Look at me.
I shine for you.”

for the next couple of nights
the man continued to listen
to his shining star
tentatively at first he began to speak back

as Luna, his lifelong but ever mute companion, approached full
with hope and courage in his heart
the man turned his face fully
to his softly calling Starshine


Primarily written on 18 June 2008 by yours truly. I wanted to write a poem but I’m not too good at poetry. This was a (very) rough 1st draft of the ideas I wanted to convey but I quickly realized that it would take far too long to either clean this up into a poem or even into a “proper” story. So instead I wrote a haiku. And, no, you do not get to see it.

It also should probably go on a bit longer but such is life and the lack of time. [Or, one ought to work for their pay.] Then again, it ends with the event that it celebrates.

3 thoughts on “Stargazing

  1. Thanks, John. :-)

    Perhaps I just need a broader view of poetry, and a lot more exposure to it. Poetry is one of those things which I intentionally deprived myself of for years. Don’t ask why; I honestly have no idea anymore.

    I also deprived myself of much literature for a long while but I took that up with a vengeance over much of the last 10 years thanks to some great book groups I’ve been in. Even ventured into a fair it on my own.

    Now I need to get more into poetry. Luckily, I have someone who can help me with that now.

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