Saturday, 18 June 2016

Star Garden - A Sonnet



Come sit in the star garden of the night, 
and let the colors of the hot day rest –
enfolded in black velvet and star light: 
and summer breezes cleansing calm caress.
Imagine all earth’s people, near and far,
lifting up their faces heavenward – 
imagine all the wishes on a star,
and prayers of kumbaya: come by here, Lord. 
Weary spirits bathed in cooling air …
hands clasped in love … warm children rocked to sleep … 
clarity … reflection … lies laid bare …
burdened souls eased … promises to keep. 
Come sit in the star garden: feel the power …
a million points of light, in darkest hour.

note:  posted for Poets United.

illustration:  The Starry Night:  an oil on canvas by the Dutch post -impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, painted in June 1889 - public domain

© 2016 Wendy Bourke   

25 comments:

  1. love the restful words calming the heart...beautiful Wendy...

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  2. AhA!! it gives peace and relaxation to heart, mind and soul.

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  3. I have to come to a place with starlight in summer one day... Here summer is too light to give me that, and winter's too cold..

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  4. Love the image of all the world's wishes focused on a star... how could they not come true then!!

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  5. What a comforting poem this is Wendy especially the words "warm children rocked to sleep".

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  6. Such a magical poem..i felt i was transported into the painting..and remembered how it felt when we are little and look up on a clear night and see the stars - and wonder..and wonder..you poem reminds us that we should take pause..sit still and try and find a little peace amidst the chaos

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  7. Sigh :D such a dream-like quality to this.. beautiful!!

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  8. Come sit in the star garden: feel the power …
    a million points of light, in darkest hour.

    One would have loved that Wendy! It would be most alluring to be settled good on what good life can offer. Lovely van Gogh masterpiece!

    Hank

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  9. Ah! Both the flow and the message in this verse create an atmosphere of peace and silence.
    The starry nights are a perfect background for such an atmosphere.
    A very well written sonnet. :-)
    -HA

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  10. Yes, even in the darkest of nights there are points of light! Literally and figuratively, good to remember! (Nice sonnet, Wendy!)

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  11. No matter how dark, you will be bathed in light. beautiful poem!

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  12. luv your words, mood, message and the image you teamed up
    Have a happy SUnday

    much love...

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  13. How I love the idea of a "star garden of the night". And delightful to read a sonnet! You make me see all the faces looking up, hearing all the prayers, the wishes for peace..........very lovely and I ADORE "a million points of light, in darkest hour." Once, in meditation, I saw Earth from above, with those million points of light - which were prayers. A beautiful poem, and image.

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  14. Oh I love your star garden...and find it so restful to be there!

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  15. A lovely, sweet meditation on what is, and what could be..

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  16. What a wonderful piece--I love the idea of a garden at night--beautifully penned Wendy!--the feeling of stillness and solace so palpable!

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  17. What a magical place you've created with your poem. I can feel the gentle warmth of the light, the soothing touch of the night keeping the balance without overwhelming anyone... Such calm in the tone of your lines.

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  18. This is gorgeous--in word, form and feel of it. Excellent craftsmanship, Wendy--you inspire me.

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  19. My favorite painting and your words just so full of peace and magic!

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  20. I can picture it too. Oh if only it came to pass.
    Anna :o]

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  21. Wendy, what a beautiful, meditative poem. I love the invitation to the light of stars. We need the light so much in these harsh times.

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  22. Very uplifting - and what I need right about now!

    Goes well with the van Gogh painting too.

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  23. Wendy this makes me feel so serene...thank you

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