Star falling

For Colleen’s first challenge of the year, a butterfly cinquain. Inspired by this morning’s tragic news. The body count goes up.


New year,

new clouds, new night,

peace falls here though the sky

blazes elsewhere, stars fall, trailing


lives. Who hears tears on such a night?

Who sees the hands waving,

the last words breathed,


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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.

16 thoughts on “Star falling”

  1. It should be a night of hopeful beauty, but peace and everything good is falling (failing). Who hears the dying? Hopefully, we do.

    Powerful, lyrical work.

    1. Thank you. Another case of numbers. The talk is all about tactics, who profits from it, who did it and with what end in mind. 176 people are dead and nobody seems to notice.

  2. The world’s leaders certainly don’t count the dead and the rest of us seem to be becoming immune too. It’s a small blip on the background noise. (K)

      1. Looks like another case of war being fought on neutral territory (except they got the target wrong.) The boys get to play with their nasty toys with no fear of getting hurt themselves.

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