"Star Poetry" of Diane Woodward Dorff


By Diane Woodward Dorff

“And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
Act 3, Scene 2, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

stalking the sun


overtakes a blaze
a brilliant crescent of the furnace sun
penumbra of celestial movements
as the shadow spreads
like a silent bell
like the eyes of a wolf closing slowly
in the summer dusk

stealthy in the daylight sky


like lifting of the deep green leaves
grown fat with summer
breath as silent as a hungry cat
moving slowly on
the flaming prey


the curtain cool with darkness
spreads its shade
sending thoughts of sleep
into the darkening air
to the obliging beasts
who sleep when cool dark


we stand below
we listen
through the hush of glasses
shadows humming
whispering like silent snow
music soft behind our shaded eyes


as the moon arrives
the solar rim ignites a
crown, corona
dogged moon scrapes
its ragged rim
blazing beads of fire
and thoughts of diamond rings
and then


(This was inspired by the Great American Solar Eclipse, which occurred on 2017 August 21.)

(Posted 2017 September 20)

Also see the Diane Woodward Dorff haiku, Solar Haiku, in anticipation of the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21.