For my Wednesday Muse Prompt.  Boketto is one of those Japanese words that has an odd meaning.  It can mean to daydream, to go gaze out at the distance with an empty mind, to stare at the landscape or the stars.  I am asking people to write poems in accordance with the word.

“Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

lying back on the dew wet grass,
I lay and watch the stars
turning slowly in their courses.
It wasn’t until I was 20 or so
that I realized the stars were gazing back at me.
I watch them.
They watch me.
and stars don’t fall.
not really.
a grain of sand,
a piece of trash from a comet
is set on fire as it enters our atmosphere.
I watch the fire burning burning.
the stars watch me
lying on the dew wet grass
and smile.

hoshizora – Japanese word for stargazing

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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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