Writings and Witterings




Napowrimo, Day 23, and it has to be about the Lyrid meteor showers. As it’s in the form of a sonnet, and today is reputed to be Shakespeare’s birthday, it also fits with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads promptΒ  πŸ™‚

Tiny specks of light, hip-hop through the night,
itsy tails and trails, a kick for eyes that see.
Lyra shows her faces – mini traces –
while the gibbous moon beams with shadowed hope.
Lying on the grass, the cool of moist green turf,
staring at the night sky, waiting for a glimmer,
wrapped up warmly, earthlings view the heavens
and think β€˜eternity’ and things ethereal.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks – throws
glimpses to those waiting far below – shows
the watchers that it is so worth the wait,
the wait, for tiny specks of light that dance.

The patient watchers are entranced, and know
what it is, to see splendour in their skies.

Polly Stretton Β© 2013

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower (Photo credit: David Kingham)

This photo is a close representation of what I saw tonight, though there were more. It took a while for my eyes to get used to the night sky, but after a time the twinkling became ‘trackable’ and these tiny specks became evident ~ marvellous ~ a true wonder. Click on the image to see it more clearly πŸ™‚


37 thoughts on “Lyra

  1. Beautiful! I wonder if I can see them here.


  2. It’s lovely and one can imagine and extrapolate out. If people click on it, they can see it more clearly on your photo site. Great job with it. Thanks! Equally lovely poem.


  3. Oh how exciting…love looking for meteors or asteroids whenever they come flying… we had an asteroid shower some years back and we watched them from the deck…it was amazing, it was a terrific show. Your poem describes their dance well…just love gibbous moon beams…lovely write Polly…Might search the night skies tonight! πŸ™‚


  4. Ah … I love the idea of you, the other side of the world from me, searching the skies and seeing the same constellations, experiencing the same joy πŸ™‚


  5. “tiny specks of light that dance” — beautifully rendered


  6. How lovely! Something worthy of Shakespeare’s attention, and lovingly played out in the Elizabethan sonnet form. I especially like the first and third quatrains in which you characterize the wonder of the skies–stars “hiphop” with a t, t, t-alliteration. Very visual, awesome!


  7. You describe the meteor showers beautifully! I was able to see some a while ago and felt so awed! Your photo is much clearer when you enlarge it. Then you really get more of a sense of the night sky and what you saw–lucky!


  8. You chose a very original topic and the sonnet is excellent. It has a modern feel, without losing the tradition behind the form.


  9. I enjoyed the “tiny specks of light” wonderful imagery.


  10. There’s something magical about a shooting star! It’s certainly a topic worthy of a sonnet.


  11. I specially like these lines:

    wrapped up warmly, earthlings view the heavens
    and think β€˜eternity’ and things ethereal.

    And indeed we do. Lovely work on the form too ~



  12. ” the gibbous moon beams with shadowed hope”

    Beautiful writing, Polly!!


  13. so gooood! a wonderful picture of human meets the universe.


  14. It would be such a spectacle on a moonless night! And I always admire a sonnet writer. Not easy to main the rhyme and still stick to the 10 syllables. Brilliant play Polly!



  15. Polly, how sweet to write a sonnet for the Bard’s birthday. Alas (!), I missed the meteor showers, but we live in the city, and, unlike out West, where they make businesses shade their lights downward, we have too much ambient light here to see much past Orion.

    I’m so glad you were able to see them, and doubly glad to read your graceful sonnet about the sight! Amy


  16. I’ve never viewed a meteor shower … your poem brought the spectacle to life for me!! Lovely sonnet.


    • This one comes around each year and seems to peak at dawn, April 22. Maybe next year?

      Many thanks for visiting and commenting, Helen, and welcome to my blog πŸ˜€


  17. All this and wrapped in a blanket … It is something everyone should do – even looking up at a normal night sky is mesmerizing.


  18. Lovely imagery entwined in a sonnet. Thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I’d seen your night sky for myself.


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