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Star-Gazing by Marcia Meara

perseids

The Perseids . . . 
Lying back under 
The ink-blotted sky,
He tries out the words.
They tickle his tongue.
The Per-see-ids. Those
Pinpoints of brightness
And streaks of fire,
Lighting the night
In a spectacle
Older than he can 
Possibly know.

Look Dad, he cries,
Look how many!
I see a hundred,
Maybe a thousand!
I see them, too,
Dad says,
And together, they laugh, 
Delighted.
Joy shared, 
And excitement 
Doubled.

Come see the meteors,
Dad said, as he
Shook him awake
Just before dawn.
He crawled from the tent,
Rubbing his eyes, 
Then staring in wonder.
With the sky still a midnight black,
And bright stars wheeling overhead, 
The fireworks came.
Racing toward Earth,
One after another,
The Perseids. 
The miracle of hot August nights.
A late-summer light show
That electrified his soul.
His young heart transfixed
By the sight of the universe,
Lit with streamers
Of flame.

A meteor shower,
Dad tells him again,
But he knows nothing
So beautiful has a name
So ordinary.
Stars, he thinks, pulled loose
From the fabric of the sky,
And flung toward earth, 
Trailing silver and gold,
And bringing pieces of Heaven
To those watching below.

He holds up his hands,
Cupped reverently, 
To catch one of his own.
To be blessed by 
This summer magic.
He holds his breath, waiting
For the illumination
Of his soul to begin.
Falling stars,
Falling from the
Summer sky,
For him.

-Marcia Meara –

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

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6 thoughts on “Star-Gazing by Marcia Meara

  1. Love this, BFF…. you are so, so good with the magic of words.

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    • Awwww, and YOU are so, so kind to say that! Thank you, lovely BFF! This poem is from the “Mac At Ten” section of Summer Magic, and very special to me. Half of the collection features the hero of Wake-Robin Ridge as a little boy, camping in the mountains with his dad. I had so much fun seeing things through his eyes!

      And great to see you today, too. Mwaaaaah! Have a wonderful rest of the day and an extra-nice week.

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  2. I especially like this one–it reminds me of summer camp, away from the city, where there were so many stars in the sky, I could stretch out on the grass and watch them forever.

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    • Hi, Caitlin, and thanks. I’m glad it brought back a lovely memory for you. Poetry should do that…touch something inside us. Spark a memory, or an emotion.

      Nice to see you here, today! Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

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  3. You have a such a way with words! 🙂

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    • Words is mah friends! 😀

      Thanks, Mishka. I do know I’m fascinated by words. I love them…they pour through my head like water rushing down a stream. All the shapes and sizes and textures of them. (This all sounds very poetic, but really, it’s mostly just an annoyance to my friends and family who have to listen to me!)

      😀

      Good to see you here, today! Have a great Moon’s Day in your part of the world.

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