Poets United – Midweek Motif

Today on Poets United, the theme is celebrate. Let us join in the celebration. I have written a double tanka.  I shall be wrapped in the quilt of stars made by mother, watching the display the next few night.

stars in their heavens
blast into light – *Geminids
celebrate the birth
of the original Light –
I watch in joy in the cold

I watch in delight –
meteors the size of sand
light the darkness – hums
from the earth – star symphonies add
their songs of celebration

*Geminids – prolific meteor showers that appear this time of year


nbc news – public domain

Haibun Monday: And to all a good night

I am hosting the prompt for Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets Pub, my last post for the year. I was struck by the last lines in Moore’s A Visit From Saint Nicholas: He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” So I am having people write of one good night they remember. Any good night! Come visit us to read about all the good nights!

Fire From Heaven
It happened 35 years ago. A friend and I had gone to the desert to watch the Geminid Meteor showers. The desert actually was all the way across the United States in the Mojave but hey, we were younger and much more foolish. I was reminded of that wonderful glorious night while watching the Big Bang Theory and seeing the crew head to the desert to watch meteor showers and by the way, unknowingly getting high off some really good cookies given to them by some teachers in their sixties. Odd how life imitates art and art imitates life. This friend and I had, gotten high as kites from marijuana and sat back to watch the show. Other people had the same idea to watch the meteor showers and you could see camp fires and lit tents all about. My friend and I talked softly and continued to watch the skies and sometimes, light up.

Suddenly, we spotted the first meteor! I cannot describe to you the wonderful raining down of fire from the heavens for about an hour. Quickly they fell. I explained to my friend that many of the meteors were no larger than a grain of sand. Whoa…he said, dude. And we collapsed into giggles. But the fires in the sky that night were totally incredible. I was reminded of this night a few nights ago when I camped out in my back yard to again watch the Geminids. I sat until the sun rose. I was all snuggled in the quilt my grandmother gave me. I watched the last flicker and whispered, Dude…

fire in the sky lights
my way to heaven – a night
of rare freedom

public domain photo

public domain photo

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Alone at my post –

My Household snug in warm beds.

Neighborhood silent.


Warmly wrapped I gaze

At the night sky.  The Twins

Glow and pulsate to


Their own stellar beat.

Fireworks stream against the black

Sky.  Celebrating


Celestial joy.

White yellow blue red green – My

Eyes cannot follow


The steady bursts of

Glitter strewn by their Maker

To dazzle the few


Like me who look

For joy and light in the dark

Places – and find it.



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