Friday, December 17, 2010

The Poetry Bus Reaches for the Stars!

Weaver of Grass is driving the poetry bus this week. I love her blog – as I told her on one of her posts, reading it makes me feel warm & fuzzy. She has given us a pretty straightforward prompt, which of course sent me into a tailspin (What to write! What to write!). The prompt is STAR. Any kind of star (Meryl Streep or the one on your Christmas tree or one in the sky). See - too many choices!

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

It’s always the one
wish thing.
Like those riddles
about foxes
and boats
and rivers
and chickens.
Why are there
so many rules?
Why can’t I wish
for all the things -
all the silly
and splendid
and honorable
and selfish
things.
Eyes shut tight,
paralyzed by
indecision,
I wish for
the moon.

9 comments:

  1. Beautifully childish. And quite similar to mine in ways that might only be apparent to us!
    x

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  2. Oh, sweet! I like the repetition of the four items in a list, first about riddles and then about the things you wish you could wish for. Which by the way I enjoyed your word choices:
    "all the silly
    and splendid
    and honorable
    and selfish
    things."
    I just adore the word splendid and the word honorable gives you depth. I got interested in playing around with the order of those words for the differences in rhythm. Then I had to stop it.

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  3. I love it! I would give you the moon and all the wishes your heart desires if I could.

    PS. A great t-shirt slogan apropos of this post: Date an astronomer--who else can promise you the sun, the moon and the stars and deliver!

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  4. We certainly have to fish through a lot of things, bumping everything aside- flotsam and jetsam until we come on a
    bit of the riddle...Our writing is selfish because it is our writing! and we try to have it shape into some semblance of readable.So wish on!
    and keep writing, Thanks.

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  5. This is wonderful! I never saw the moon-line coming, but it was a great delight when it did!

    Kat

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  6. Dear The Bug,
    What a great poem--it's about ambivalence and yet so direct about it!

    I'm with the commenter about the silly splendid . . . it's right.

    I am trying this too this week. You guys got me interested . . .

    Ann T.

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  7. This goes much deeper than mere childlike. This is about limits that others put on us and we put on ourselves.
    This should be on a greetings card or something. Wonderful...

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  8. ....wish for the Moon. Love it. I like this little poem a lot, the flow of it, the way it just tumbles down the page. Too blahed out to do a poem this week.

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