Spread Across the Night Sky

I was looking through Jane’s challenge at Jane Dougherty Writes and I got pulled in. I don’t usually like challenges, but this one…well, I could not help myself.

Jane said: “a single stanza of five lines of ten syllables each. The five end of line words all rhyme, so I strongly suggest you pick a selection of rhyming words before you start.”

Good advice. So I looked at the image she provided as a prompt, and the word that came to mind was “tapestry”. Sigh. But I did find rhymes for it, and so this is what emerged.

It was fun, Jane. Thanks.

Spread Across the Night Sky

The moon rises. An endless tapestry
spreads out, worked in dark tones. The circuitry
of white-hot stars crafts a geometry
woven out of dreams. Witness pageantry
in the mysteries of asymmetry.


Moon looking down over a peaceful world. Postcard, 2012.

Haiku Group Stars

Stretch out my fingers
Scratch the stars out of the sky
Store them in a jar.

Hands bent into claws
rake the stars from the night sky
but cannot hold them.

The feeble stars hang
in the light-polluted sky
lucky no longer

As luck would have it
the stars have lost their power
to sodium lights

Change your own fortune
scrape your hand across the sky
rearrange the stars

Scrub away the stars
Dismiss the fortuneteller
Your revenge on fate?

The stars deceived you.
Worse, they stuck you with the bill.
But still you trust them.

Wait A Little More, See A Little More

"Prophecy Amended, Please" on its page in my collage poem book.

“Prophecy Amended, Please” on its page in my collage poem book.

I like to read my horoscope. I always hope the stars have something good to say to me. And if they don’t, well, I just turn the page and think about something else. And then again, sometimes things do seem to send notice of their arrival before they actually get here…

Prophecy Amended, Please

nothing to see
except There
in the silent evening
where stars walk in their sleep.
glancing back anxiously in hope
At long last,
they say
We haven’t been lying.
New details have come to light.