For Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.

“And stare through the wet branches of an oak
In winter, & realize I am looking at the stars
Again.” Winter Stars by Larry Levis

the stars in winter hold secrets
close to their hearts.
their silence tells of sleeping bees
and bare trees and falling flakes of snow.
they hold these secrets close to their hearts –
telling no one except the night sky.
they wait for pink spring
and the waking of the bees.

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:50:32

    Amazing poem! The imagery is heavenly, and the details are penned gorgeously with elegance. Amazing work.


  2. kanzensakura
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 12:51:32

    Thank you


  3. merrildsmith
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 13:14:19

    This is lovely, Toni–and that is just what the stars do.


  4. calmkate
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 16:57:06

    what a delightful nature poem … love that kind of secret keeping 🙂


  5. ecopoet
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 18:50:51

    Wonder of nature portrayed beautifully


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 21:10:10

    I like the thought of waiting for “pink spring”.


  7. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Jan 25, 2020 @ 09:52:17

    I love this Toni, and especially those last two lines.


  8. Brendan
    Jan 25, 2020 @ 16:01:48

    Most poets striving to find deeper or wider or more sublime truth find them staring harder into the words. Apprehending the mind of nature is difficult for us peabrains, and we need poems like this to see what’s there because it isn’t, or yet. The patience is all. Great epigraph; Larry Levis was some poet, huh. Love that guy.


  9. sanaarizvi
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 10:10:14

    This is utterly stunning!💝 I love; “their silence tells of sleeping bees and bare trees and falling flakes of snow.”


  10. Magaly Guerrero
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 10:50:39

    I think the stardust we are made of carries those secrets into our own hearts. Because I always find myself yearning for spring, waiting for the bees to hum their song…

    This is lovely, Toni.


  11. hank77
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 11:04:18


    “And stare through the wet branches of an oak
    In winter, & realize I am looking at the stars

    One has hints of what aspects of life that is being held back.. But one should not leave it to progress on its own. Constant monitoring is necessary!



  12. Sherry Marr
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 12:00:50

    You have captured well this time of waiting. I have things poking up in my planters already, to my delight. Hope you are making your way gently through the days, Toni.


    Jan 26, 2020 @ 13:29:37

    I love “their silence tells of sleeping bees” and pink! Yes.


  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 14:02:09

    I do love to think of secrets like that… may there be spring soon.


  15. kim881
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 14:41:43

    No stars in the sky here tonight, but I have your lovely poem to remind me of them, Toni. I love the internal rhyme and imagery in the lines:
    ‘their silence tells of sleeping bees
    and bare trees and falling flakes of snow’,
    and, of course, pink spring secrets.


  16. Marja
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 19:25:36

    Beautiful and Love “they wait for pink spring
    and the waking of the bees.”


  17. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jan 26, 2020 @ 19:44:04

    Very beautiful, Toni, and a reminder of the inevitable cycle of the seasons. (‘If Winter comes…’


  18. hhennenburg
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 14:11:28

    This is so beautiful and I wonder how many of us are silently colluding with these stars if they will have us.


  19. Susie Clevenger
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 19:06:50

    Oh the secrets that twinkle in the night sky…beautiful writing


  20. oldegg
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 01:04:26

    How satisfying to read a beautiful poem like this, thank you so much.


  21. ZQ
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 09:19:40



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