“Starlight”

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Starlight

Stars curl across the evening sky:
soulful, spinning out of sight.
So Van Gogh wants all to know
starry, vivid, glowing night.
Still, his canvas sings to us:
Shouts out to shining faithful
Swirling starlight with his brush.


Above called the “Pleiades” form.

Form invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables. (I have restricted mine to 7 in honor of the seven sisters).

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye.  Depending on visibility conditions,  between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione.

The Spider Woman’s Waltz

Blue Moon
“The Spider Woman’s Waltz”


She dances in my head as in a dream
and raven are her eyes as onyx blown.
As Autumn steps into her bleaker scene
chill mist is in the air; cold-to-the-bone.

“Oh, waltz with me”, said she; “Our time is brief
and through the hills and valleys, dancing, go!
I’ll bind your webs of old, remembered grief
and in the quiet moonlight’s golden glow.”

The music of the spider woman’s waltz
reminds me of a heart once in your care.
Now wilted, waste-filled memories repulse.
Old love’s forgotten and my branches bare.

Was on a night like this her glancing gloom
did overtake my soul; my heart entomb.