Curtain of Night

A quadrille for De who hosts today at Dverse Poets Pub. A quadrille is a poem, any form, sans title, of exactly 44 words using the prompted word. The word today is “crack” or any variant of the word crack.

strong>Curtain of Night
“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.” – Jack London

the earth passes through the remnants
of Tempel-Tuttle asteroid.
Fire flies past quicker than thought,
in the blackness of the night,
the curtain cracks
letting the stars pour forth.
sit motionless and silent
becoming one with the stars.
gaze through the window of night.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:32:30

    What a gorgeous quote to begin with, Toni.
    And I LOVE this line, especially:
    “Fire flies past quicker than thought”

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:35:12

    I would love to gaze at a meteor swarm… fire flies past what a wonderful description

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:45:35

      Thank you Bjorn. The grains of rubbish do catch fire as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere as I am sure you know. A meteor show is miraculous and I watch them all, all through the year.

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  3. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:51:03

    What a spectacular poem Toni! I love that last line.

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  4. msjadeli
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 16:22:34

    What would a meteor shower be without an audience? I’m happy to be a “sleepy and permanent planet” watching the show through the window.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 16:32:37

      I wrap up in my grandmother’s quilt during the winter and recline in a lawn recliner for the show. I frequently don’t sleep and meteor showers soothe me.

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  5. Rob Kistner
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 16:59:41

    Wow, this is evocative and mesmerizing TONI! I knew nothing of the Tempel-Tuttle astroid, so thanks for sharing.

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 17:07:53

    We get a major meteor shower here in August. They seem to be more active after midnight. Several of us take camping chairs and blankets and are dazzled for chilly hours.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 17:25:55

      I watch several through the year. In my front yard. In the winter I wrap up in my grandmother’s quilt.

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  7. gillena cox
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 19:18:58

    Luv the fireflies image. Have to research Tempel-Tuttle asteroid.
    Happy Monday

    Much✏love

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  8. rothpoetry
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 19:32:35

    the curtain cracks
    letting the stars pour forth.
    Those fragments do give a burning glow when they hit the atmosphere. Loved your quote above also.

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  9. Phillip Knight Scott
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 21:12:27

    I wonder how a curtain cracks … I’d like to think fireflies think past it

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  10. qbit
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 21:54:34

    “the curtain cracks
    letting the stars pour forth.” — Excellent!

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  11. Grace
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 22:16:18

    I would love to witness this unfolding night beauty!

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  12. Mish
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 22:21:52

    I love where the prompt took you…to the beauty of the night and sky.

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  13. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 23:40:51

    I like the stars pouring through the cracks in the night.

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  14. areadingwriter
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 00:44:33

    ahhh. this is like painting with words.

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  15. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 01:04:23

    I love that curtain cracking. It reminded me of the safety curtain at the start of a show.

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  16. kim881
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 04:17:57

    You’ve captured the speed of space in the line ‘Fire flies past quicker than thought’, Toni, and the moment at the curtain is wonderful, ‘becoming one with the stars’ and gazing through the window of night.

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  17. merrildsmith
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 08:31:21

    Watching and becoming one with the stars. Beautiful, Toni. I love that Jack London quote.

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  18. Beverly Crawford
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 11:26:31

    “The curtain cracks, letting the stars pour forth” … what a delightful description of that special time of night when the stars appear one by one! Great write.

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  19. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 22:15:27

    Night as a window; cool.

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