Read the story in the stars

I’m tired, not feeling too brilliant, and there are so many memories clamouring for attention that poetry today is sombre and full of massacres.

This villanelle is for the Secret Keeper’s writing prompt. This week’s words are

STRIKE | SCORE | RACE | TAKE | READ

800px-Marten_van_Cleve_-_The_Massacre_of_the_Innocents

Read the story in the stars if you have eyes,

Follow its chain of fire, night-time’s glow,

The dawn will come too soon, on wings time flies.

 

With memories that dance in velvet skies,

Or slip so soft and like the river flow,

Read the story in the stars if you have eyes.

 

Deep in the bones is scored a life of sighs,

Where sorrow gnaws and bloody night fears grow,

The dawn will come too soon, on wings time flies.

 

Run into the light in sunburst’s guise,

And leave your pain and anger here below,

Read the story in the stars if you have eyes.

 

With a million mothers’ unheard anguished cries,

Sing the night to sleep with laments low,

The dawn will come too soon, on wings time flies.

 

Take the ship of dreams, sail to the prize,

Remember, but let peace fall deep and slow,

Read the story in the stars if you have eyes,

The dawn will surely come, for winged time flies.

 

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

14 thoughts on “Read the story in the stars”

      1. That’s true. Women are more conservative than men traditionally and more easily persuaded that ‘the home’ is threatened. I hate to think that all that stops us being at the front of the mobs is ‘tradition’—the men like to go in first.

  1. Well I’m biased and like sad – Deep in the bones is scored a life of sighs. Terrific line. Idea painting, is that the Russian painter you used a while back? The power of the fierce protector. I like the idea of history surrounding your thoughts – that’s not a bad place to be.

    1. I’m glad you like this. Villanelles are hard enough without trying to incorporate given words into them. If you click on the painting there’s a link to the wiki page. It’s Dutch, C16th.

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