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In the swarthy cloak of night

shines a fiery constellation,

each star a blazing point

joined beyond imagination.

Never myth, but legend

he still rides across her thoughts

and she will never be the one

to disconnect the dots.

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© 2014 Betty Hayes Albright

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(Painting a favorite of mine: Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”)

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When the sun

and all three moons

sink into the purple sea

it is the rarest dark of nights

and time to climb the knoll

up to her telescope.

She aims it

through the far-flung stars

always drawn to one

on the edges of the galaxy –

a tiny, twinkling sun

much like her own.

Perhaps it also holds a brood

of planets in its warmth,

and maybe there

another set of eyes looks back

across the wild darkness.

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Her mate always scoffs at this

as do the other watchers

of the sky.

They scold her,

“Are we not

the only children

of the Great Divine?”

But she knows

the gods are not that small

and shakes her head

at arrogance

while polishing her lens,

knowing someday she will spot

a kindred planet in the heavens

and she will call it “Earth”.

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© 2014, 2018  Betty Hayes Albright

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Night embroidery

stars are strewn like white french-knots

on a black silk sky.

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(c) 2013  Betty Hayes Albright

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We can wag

the comet’s tail

till our orbits

spin like bracelets

bangling ‘round the sun;

or we can skip

through all the stars

in a game

of ancient hopscotch

where constellations

dance a jig

and time shrinks

to a dot

and we see

there is no distance,

just a difference

of thought.

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(c) 1995, 2016 Betty Hayes Albright

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Snow

These millions

of crispy soft stars

from above

billow and lighten,

lifting our feet

beyond the earth –

the deeper it gets

the higher we go!

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(c)  1989  Betty Hayes Albright 

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(The poem is old, but the snow is new. 🙂 )

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