Tuesday, December 21

Starlight Express?


 Or Weaver's Poetry Bus for the week? For a ticket, passengers were asked to take the word 'STAR' for their inspiration. I'm cheating. Many years ago, I was walking home after a long drawn out, quartet singing session at a neighbour's house, and the following lines were the result, so my ticket is well thumbed already!


2 a.m.

Clear night sky;
frost filled moonlight
cutting cold across the land.

Sounds are honed
to a knife-sharp fineness
by the icy, silent air. Stars,
bright as polished steel,
blaze white hot
through light year distances,
linking Earth to Infinity.

The sudden, brilliant arc
of a falling meteorite
underlines their beauty
and marks a point of no return.

17 comments:

  1. 2 a.m.? What a stop-out you are, Jinksy! But that cold night air obviously sharpened your perception. Great images.

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  2. I really enjoy the sound of this poem and its effect to reinforce the cold brightness.

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  3. Point of no return- is right! infinity
    indeed-Thanks.

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  4. Really liked the earth to infinity idea. Sounds like a night to remember!

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  5. 'linking Earth to Infinity'

    hmm, love that

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  6. Lovely alliteration, every word carefully chosen and a very deep message. Brilliant!

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  7. inhale deep breath. . . exhale. . . AAhhhh at the wonder of it all!

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  8. Sharp, arresting images, Jinksy.

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  9. This is gorgeous! I love this image: "Stars,
    bright as polished steel," and the linking to infinity. Beautifully worded and well worth pulling out of the archives!

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  10. Boy, sounds ARE sharper outside that time of night - really, unless I'm exhausted, everything is. Great poem!

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  11. "Linking earth to infinity...", BRILLIANT! LOVE it!!

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  12. I am always amazed at how loud the quiet is in the middle of the night!

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  13. Wonderful word picture of a crisp, starlit night.

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  14. What everybody said about the gorgeous line "linking earth to infinity". Lovely!

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  15. Glorious poem!

    I just came by to (finally) read your Magpie and saw this first. Am glad I didn't miss this one!

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  16. Spare and stark and I could feel the cold!

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  17. excellent...i love watching the night sky...even on a cold night...

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