The Orionids

For Quadrile Prompt at dVerse. the prompted word is “early”. What is a quadrille? A form unique to dVerse Poets Pub consisting of a poem (any form) of exactly 44 words, sans title, and the prompted word.  the Orionids is a meteor shower that always comes in October.  The “falling stars” are grains of sand from Halley’s Comet.  The sand burns when it hits Earth’s atomosphere

The Orionids
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

The moon is bright tonight
almost hiding the rain of meteor showers.
early, 3:00 a.m.- I gaze upwards
wishing for moonglasses
to better see.
In the ocean of night waves
crash on the shore of earth
leaving on its sands
memories of long ago fire

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 15:09:46

    I like those oceans of night waves crashing.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 15:10:30

    What a wonderful view of the sand in the sky… the first line brought the centaurs from Harry Potter back into mind…

    Mars is bright tonight…

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  3. sarahsouthwest
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 15:13:30

    In the ocean of night waves
    crash on the shore of earth

    love that.

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  4. kim881
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 15:14:00

    My favourite Wilde quote! I love the sights and sounds in your quadrille, Toni, especially in the lines:
    ‘…the ocean of night waves
    crash on the shore of earth
    leaving on its sands
    memories of long ago fir’e’.

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  5. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 15:27:04

    Lovely! I wonder if we’ll get them here.

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    • kanzensakura
      Oct 22, 2018 @ 16:03:42

      They are past now. I don’t think they are seeable in Europe though.

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      • Jane Dougherty
        Oct 22, 2018 @ 16:16:35

        That’s a shame. Orion is my favourite constellation after the Plough—about the only one I can ever find 🙂

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        • kanzensakura
          Oct 22, 2018 @ 17:09:33

          I too love Orion and his dog. I am a sku watcher from way back. My parents would often plan a sky watching event for me when I was young, pointing out the constellations for me. Later I took several astronomy classes in university, learning all about quasars, Saturn’s rings, black holes….I still keep up with that sort of thing.

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          • Jane Dougherty
            Oct 23, 2018 @ 09:42:10

            I loved looking at the stars and always wanted a telescope, but never went so far as to properly study them.
            I did look last night as it was supposed to be visible here too, but the moon was too bright. Could hardly see the stars at all.

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            • kanzensakura
              Oct 23, 2018 @ 11:16:15

              The next shower, the Leonids, will be more visible because the moon will be new, visible best around 3-4 a.m. this is a spectacular one with about 200 meteors per hour. Visible in the northern hemisphere. There are also 5 planets aligned. Shortly after sunset look west just above the horizon…venus, mars, Neptune, Saturn, and teeny invisible Pluto. If you had a telescope you would be able to see the bluish tint of Neptune. I have a good telescope bought in my early engineer years. I love stargazing.

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  6. revivedwriter
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 17:05:08

    Great metaphor of the meteor shower as night waves.

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  7. annell4
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 17:05:15

    A really beautiful piece of writing!!! I love it.

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  8. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 18:03:39

    A beautiful portrait in eloquent lines, Toni! 🙂

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  9. jazzytower
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 18:10:20

    Ah! The meteor shower, there was one recently, wasn’t there. I never get to see that stuff. Very cloudy here. Love the imagery conveyed in your poem Toni.

    Pat

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  10. sanaarizvi
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 18:18:05

    ‘the ocean of night waves crash on the shore of earth leaving on its sands memories of long ago fire’… sigh.. this is so beautiful! ❤️

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  11. Shawna
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 18:41:22

    “The rain of meteor/meatier showers” — that’s exactly what she’s hiding.

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  12. Grace
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 19:03:05

    Too early in the morning. Love that: ocean of night waves.

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  13. Gina
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 19:31:35

    love the reversal of the sky showering the earth – when the day is that early it is really so inspirational

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  14. V.J. Knutson
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 19:44:14

    Beautiful imagery.

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  15. Janice
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 19:58:35

    Wonderful to learn about these showers… between cloud cover and sleepiness I may miss them though. Your last four lines are particularly enticing.

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  16. henrigabetta
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 20:02:08

    Memories of such sites are welcomed for me too. I liked reading. Very smooth and i saw all the images you showed.

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  17. Dorianna Ric (paint-it-poetry)
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 20:09:29

    Nice thoughts…meteors leaving on earth memories of long ago fire.

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  18. Raivenne
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 21:30:55

    “… I gaze upwards
    wishing for moonglasses
    to better see.
    In the ocean of night waves”

    I really like that,

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  19. Mish
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 22:21:49

    I love the idea of memories being left on the shore of earth.

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  20. areadingwriter
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 23:44:33

    Moonglasses. Ocean of night waves. Oh this is celestial.

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  21. Brendan
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 06:04:09

    Such an ethereal moment — sure wish I had moonglasses too! Something the better to read and apprehend the night with …

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  22. Pat: willow88switches
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:21:13

    the idea of long ago memories of fire is really stunning Toni! I really like the ancient feeling of these long-lost stories coming to land on earth again – great quadrille and superb ending. 🙂

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  23. Charmed Chaos
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 14:07:15

    I love this poem!

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  24. kanzensakura
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 14:11:20

    Thank you! I loved writing it. The Leonids are coming up next!

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  25. Linda Kruschke
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 15:59:40

    Simply beautiful!

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  26. Sascha Darlington
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 17:02:15

    “ocean of night waves crashing,” just beautiful!

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  27. qbit
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 21:04:24

    Liked this a lot! Especially “wishing for moonglasses”. Wonderful.

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  28. anmol(alias HA)
    Oct 26, 2018 @ 12:26:25

    This is so so good, Toni! “Wishing for moonglasses”, “ocean of night waves”, “memories of long ago fire”, are such wonderful images. ❤

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