dVerse Quadrille Monday: Star Jars

Bjorn is pubtender today – back from hiatus!  For our Quadrille Poem – exactly 44 words not including the title – using his prompt word:  “jar”.  Great noun and verb – jars, jar, jarred, jarring – Come visit us and read!  The poems are only 44 words about jar. http://dversepoets.com/2016/08/15/quadrille-13/

Star Jars
Summer night –
Fireflies and falling stars.
By my bed
jar of fireflies – magical nightlight –
released at dawn

By my grownup bed
a jar of stars
plucked from the summer night sky –
My private galaxy,
eternal fireflies
lighting my dreams until rosy dawn.

fireflies in jar - public domain image

fireflies in jar – public domain image

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan Ens
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 14:34:32

    Lovely imagery here! Alas, fireflies are not common where I live.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:10:01

      I am sorry. They are truly magical. It is a great joy of childhood to very gently capture a few and put in a jar with holes punched in the top and put by the bedside. Then let them back out in the morning.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:14:38

    I grew up without fireflies… and too few stars… but I do understand the true magic of such a jar… the magic of keeping stars on the bedstand is magic.


  3. whimsygizmo
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:24:56

    Toni, I absolutely love this. We were on the same page today. 😉 What is it about jars?

    I grew up with fireflies (Ohio). but then moved west when I was around 10. I miss them.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:34:49

      They are magical. I still put them by my bedside. One escaped and found its overnight home on the dreamcatcher in the window before I put her back outside in the morning.


  4. Vinay Leo R.
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 16:16:26

    No fireflies here either. I grew up without them. But I can imagine them well, twinkling like the stars. 🙂 I love it. The phrase “a jar of stars” is just magical.


  5. Misky
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 16:42:34

    I’ve never seen a firefly. It’s on my list of must-see-things. 🙂


  6. freyathewriter
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 16:43:00

    I love the idea of a private galaxy! We don’t have fireflies here, I wish we did!


  7. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 16:48:50

    Lovely!! Especially the images in the closing lines ❤ wow 😀


  8. sarahsouthwest
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 16:49:13

    Fireflies sound so magical. We don’t really see them over here. I love that every day magic of childhood.


  9. Raivenne
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 18:15:15

    I love fireflies! As a city girl, they are a rare sight indeed, oh but the magic of them when seen! This write evokes that magic wonderfully.


  10. Adriana Citlali Ramírez
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 18:24:39

    Ooh! This poem is an enchanting image. It makes me daydream.


  11. Grace
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 18:50:50

    Jar of fireflies….indeed a magical night. Love this Toni!


  12. Waltermarks
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 19:15:56

    Fireflies are indeed magical. They ushered sweet dreams in for me in my youth. thanks


  13. Bodhirose
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 19:30:45

    I grew up with fireflies too, Toni. They truly feel like magical little creatures at night blinking and winking in the woods. Beautiful poem!


  14. Arcadia Maria
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 20:35:59

    Love the imagery in this piece. Brings back memories of chasing fireflies in the summer.


  15. Josslyn Rae Turner
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 20:43:12

    Ah, lovely! ❤


  16. Candy
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 21:05:34

    love the ‘eternal fireflies’ – this brings me back to childhood


  17. Mish
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 00:13:42

    What an amazing nightlight that would be…
    My husband rides his bike on trails at night and is often accompanied by fireflies.


  18. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 00:32:29

    This is beautiful, Toni, thank you!


  19. kim881
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 03:44:51

    Your poem glows, Toni! I love the shift between the stanzas.


  20. Laura Bloomsbury
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:06:46

    I can only dream of fireflies – and wish I could write as magically as this


  21. maria
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:34:02

    Ah, enchanting… I love this. ❤ Here's a little secret: my middle name means "fireflies" in English. 😉


  22. lillian
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:52:20

    Wonderful! Oh that is one thing I miss from my Iowa days….the magic of fireflies in those summer nights 🙂 Here in the city, we have blinking windows on high rises — not the same at all 😦


  23. Barry D
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 15:16:34

    Love the visuals. Takes me back to my own childhood of catching fireflies. They do create an ethereal light, don’t they?

    Nicely done.


  24. Victoria Young
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 10:20:53

    We used to do the same thing. It was magical because where I lived darkness was so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face so those fireflies were really beautiful and plentiful. This poem is really beautiful, Toni, and brings up a lot of great memories!


  25. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 06:08:38

    Lovely images, both.


  26. Susan Anderson
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 00:54:42

    …A jar of stars. What a lovely thought.


  27. Mary
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 13:49:52

    We all need to keep a jar of stars by our bed, I think…..and we can reach down and grab one or two at any time. Lovely write, Toni.


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