“Stars”

The Pleiades star cluster

With a cream-colored ceiling above me
At a distance that everything’s blurry
And a few rays of light from the window
And the red glowing time from the clock face,
Small wonder that above me I see stars
Within the ever-cloudy ceiling-sky
As I, eyes open, wait for sleep to come.

I wrote most of this sometime a few years ago, when the image came to me as I was trying to get to sleep. At that point I ran out of words in the middle of a sentence, so it sat unfinished until quite recently, when I brought it to its conclusion. I suspect I had read something recently that suggested this image at the time I wrote it, but by this point I can’t remember. The image I’ve used to illustrate this post is a NASA image of the Pleiades that I found on Wikipedia.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with yesterday’s archive installment, since the full archive is by now, at well over a hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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