Haibun: Eta Aquarids

Every year the earth passes through the remnants of Halley’s Comet. The dates of the Eta Aquarids are approximately April 19 – May 24. This is a haibun for De’s Quadrille prompt at dVerse. The word for the day is “up”.

Eta Auqarids
“When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”
William Shakespeare

In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, I sat in darkness watching the Eta Aquanids. Up in the sky I watched the earth passing through the remnants of Halley’s Comet debris – an incredible display of fireworks.
Halley’s Comet –
flaming grains of sand
lighting the heavens

Eta Aquarids May 2019

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    May 06, 2019 @ 15:48:33

    How beautiful, Toni. I love “flaming grains of sand,” especially.

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    • kanzensakura
      May 06, 2019 @ 15:50:07

      Thank you De. After all, the meteors we see are mainly grains the size of sand – amazing isn’t it?

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  2. rivrvlogr
    May 06, 2019 @ 15:55:01

    You bring us the fine details of the wonders we take for granted.

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  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 06, 2019 @ 15:59:49

    I love the thought of such a wonderful display of glowing grains.

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  4. kim881
    May 06, 2019 @ 16:09:52

    I love this, Toni, especially the ‘flaming grains of sand / lighting the heavens’.

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  5. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com
    May 06, 2019 @ 16:21:48

    This is so amazing! beautiful imagery in the piece!

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  6. larry trasciatti
    May 06, 2019 @ 16:25:45

    For mere grains they make quite an impression

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  7. msjadeli
    May 06, 2019 @ 17:03:47

    Guess what I’m doing tonight 🙂

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  8. sanaarizvi
    May 06, 2019 @ 17:24:39

    My goodness this is beautiful, Toni! I love “flaming grains of sand lighting the heavens.” ❤️

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  9. rothpoetry
    May 06, 2019 @ 19:33:09

    Very interesting! I was not aware of this. It must have been awesome!

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  10. Beverly Crawford
    May 06, 2019 @ 20:07:42

    WOW, what a glorious experience.

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  11. Grace
    May 06, 2019 @ 20:14:37

    What an incredible display of heavenly stars and light.

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  12. Frank Hubeny
    May 06, 2019 @ 20:23:04

    That comet still has after-effects.

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  13. Frank J. Tassone
    May 06, 2019 @ 21:27:11

    Beautifully portrayed, Toni!

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  14. Misky
    May 07, 2019 @ 09:28:42

    I love how you’ve captured the magic of this marvellous event.

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  15. Charmed Chaos
    May 07, 2019 @ 09:45:02

    How amazing to see this Toni!

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  16. whippetwisdom
    May 07, 2019 @ 15:04:07

    Beautiful, what a treat to see this Toni 💜

    Reply

  17. Mr. Walker
    May 08, 2019 @ 09:30:43

    Well, you taught me something I didn’t know; thank you for that. And your combination of haibun with the quadrille – inspiring – a beautiful read.

    Reply

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