There are stars

A poem for dverse inspired by this photo taken by the Hubble telescope.

Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble; NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image

There are stars beyond the stars we see,

And boundless are the paths they dance,

Through forests full of winking eyes,

Reflecting sunsets on the moon.

There are stars beneath the stars that shine,

Reflections of an inner sun,

Where firebirds rise from the ash,

In your deep eyes that search for mine.

Could I reach up with outstretched hand,

And pluck a brilliant from the crown,

A diamond strung from topmost branch

Of the world tree’s canopy,

I’d set it in your hair, to light

The darkness in the coming night.

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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.

52 thoughts on “There are stars”

  1. Love that idea of plucking a star from the solar system and placing it in your hair to light up the coming night! 🙂
    So glad you participated in the prompt!

    1. I wonder. I bet there is someone though. Maybe loads of someones. We think of the universe as a sort of giant Blackpool Illuminations just for us, but probably billions of ‘people’ live in it.

  2. Dancing through the heaven sea
    reflections of brilliant light..
    A star filled path of human destiny
    as the silver ships takes flight..

    In a gifted creation, childlike storm
    playing into space, an infinite delight
    the birth of human life, as a star is born…

    Tis in a quackening, an wink of one eye
    the lose of one in the ring of silver ships
    one human went back, lost… A time crime…

  3. There are stars beyond what we can see and I hope they continue to shine their light for in darkness we need all the light we can get. I really liked this line, it is a strong image.

    Where firebirds rise from the ash,

  4. When I read the opening line, I got that feeling I had as a child, when we lined mirrors up and the images seemed to be reflected one behind the other into infinity. Even thinking about space makes me dizzy!
    I especially love the lines:
    Could I reach up with outstretched hand,
    And pluck a brilliant from the crown,
    A diamond strung from topmost branch
    Of the world tree’s canopy’ –
    two of my favourite things combined: trees and stars!

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