Blood-red dawns and sunsets book-end
February days, while our old friends

Venus and Mercury (never twinkling)
guide us through dawn and evening.

The rising moon gazes from afar,
envious of the wandering stars

that dazzle with their steady light
from early morning until night.

Kim M. Russell, 6th February 2023

Image by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

De is our host for this Monday’s Quadrille at the dVerse Poets Pub, for which she asks us to close our eyes and wish upon a star – and a poem should be born of exactly 44 words, with or without rhyme (or reason), containing one word she has provided. She has given us some starry words to work with (starstruck, starry-eyed, falling star, superstar, all-star, rockstar, starshine, star power, movie star, stardust, starling), as well as poetry and music to inspire us. I particularly enjoyed ‘Stars, I Have Seen Them Fall’ by A.E. Housman, which is just one word too many for a quadrille:

Stars, I have seen them fall,
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea,
And still the sea is salt.


43 thoughts on “Wandering

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Christine. I agree about the moon stealing the sun, although recently, most mornings, they have been in the sky together.


  1. Sounds like the moon is getting a bum deal, “The rising moon gazes from afar,
    envious of the wandering stars.” (I wish you could get to Dubrovnik also, it is a neat place, old. Take a three, about to be four, kid. He/she will enjoy it more than you do.)

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