Stars Die

Stars Die
for centuries the stars have circled
the night sky, silent as dust falling –
they blink out
one by one until they die.
the night sea swallows them,
their rotting bodies glowing as phosphorus
on the black sand.

the words I chose: centuries, silent, dust

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 06:29:19

    This is absolutely stunning in its brevity, Toni! ❤️ I read about the “glowing sea” in Maldives known as Bioluminescent beach. It must be an amazing sight. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 🙂

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    • kanzensakura
      Mar 29, 2019 @ 13:16:31

      I have frequently walked on the coast on NC at night and see the phosphorus glow on the sand or being washed farther up or back out to the ocean. It is magaical

      Reply

  2. annell4
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:17:16

    Love this!!

    Reply

  3. Carrie V. H.
    Mar 29, 2019 @ 16:52:35

    Sadness made beautiful in this poem Toni! I love the idea of the night sea swallowing stars. Truly lovely!

    Reply

  4. merrildsmith
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 06:50:33

    Beautiful images.

    Reply

  5. Sherry Blue Sky
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 13:55:30

    I love the idea of phosphorous being the stuff of dead stars. How cool.

    Reply

  6. purplepeninportland
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 20:29:02

    Love this, Toni! The photo makes it more powerful.

    Reply

  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 31, 2019 @ 01:14:49

    the night sea swallows them. Nicely written!

    Reply

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