For Poets United, Poetry Pantry

“She noted, more than once, that the meteor shower was happening, beyond the overcast sky, even if we could not see it. Who cares if she can kiss? She can see through the clouds.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

silent as dust falling in the sea of night
the Orionids light up
the dark still sea.
stars like floating bits of
phosphorus sparkle in the ocean of space.
I lie in the lawn recliner
wrapped in my grandmother’s quilt,
a thermos of pressed coffee on my lap,
black and strong as the devil’s heart.
I watch the bits of detritus
from Halley’s Comet drift by,
catching fire as they hit the earth’s atmosphere.
Gazing until the black turns to grey,
the thermos empty by now.
A faint bit of orange shows through the trees.
Stiffly I unwind and put the quilt on the
wash line, slightly damp from dew.
I check on my bees, still asleep and warm in their hive.
small *kim dishes are filled with sugar water.
I go into the house and fix my husband breakfast.
I fall into bed to sleep, to dream
of falling through the sky on fire.

*kim dish – a very small shallow dish used for dipping food into soy sauce.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Marr
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 12:17:08

    Oh, I had forgotten kim dishes. When I was a kid I loved dipping my fork into soy sauce in one dish and then sesame seeds in the other. What a wonderful way to spend the night, gazing at the heavens. Sigh.


  2. RedCat
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 12:52:05

    Beautiful poem!


  3. sanaarizvi
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 15:24:57

    What a lovely scene you have painted with your words, Toni 🙂


  4. Mary
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 17:28:47

    You have set a beautiful scene with so many sensory details and have carried it through with perfection.The last two lines are especially vivid and stunning and draw the poem to an apt conclusion.


    Oct 13, 2019 @ 19:30:37

    I never can stay stargazing that long! I’ve dreamt of falling but not while on fire.


  6. oldegg
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 21:27:51

    What a beautiful read this is, especially checking on the bees whilst they have a rest; however the funniest part for me was that having indulged yourself with nightime meteor watching you faithfully prepare your husbands breakfast before you slip into bed for a sleep! Wish I had a wife like that!


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 22:00:59

      Robin, I am not usually so faithful – except on weekends. He is on his own during the week, although I make him muffins or crumpets to have at work. I do pack his lunch for him and include one for his breakfast. My bees are my babies though.

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  7. jaerose37
    Oct 14, 2019 @ 06:08:10

    The ending is so magical – what a great night time adventure


  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Oct 14, 2019 @ 08:09:08

    Oh, with all the problems in the world, still it’s worth being alive to have a night like this! And reading about it is wonderful too.


  9. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Oct 16, 2019 @ 19:24:40

    such an evening (or similar) is at all our fingertips – why do so many never ever gaze upon the stars or relish the simple things. Those bees – thank you for being a caretaker of them.


  10. Carrie V. H.
    Oct 19, 2019 @ 13:35:55

    This is utterly gorgeous Toni! I love this!


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 19, 2019 @ 13:48:45

      Thank you. And they are peaking tonight but down here we are getting rain, do I am glad I did my meyeor showe watching earlier!

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