STar-a06

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Writing has been my deepest and longest passion. I am part of Scouting, and have paved the path for girls to join Boy Scouts of America. I really enjoy nature, and being outside, and my love for the natural world is evident in my writing works.

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Forever Sky (sestina)

September 3, 2020

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It takes 8.3 minutes for our star’s light to reach us. When we look at the sky
We are looking into the past. 
A sky is a map of history. I look up in the darkness, into the vastness above
Me. I can’t help but wonder if you are one of those pinpricks of light,
Pulsing, twinkling at me. I wish I could’ve told you I loved you, Grandfather, but time
Rivered wrinkles into your body, scarred your memory 

With the art of forgetting, scattered recollections drifting slowly through your memory, 
Just as starlight fades in the early morning sky.
Those three words wouldn’t mean anything to you. If I could freeze time, Grandfather,
I would, I would give you a box of the past, 
Of good-night stories, playing in the waves, summer evenings bathed in firefly light, 
So I wouldn’t have to look into the darkness above 

To find you, I would have been in your arms and we’d be looking above
Together, and instead of me searching for the light of your memory, 
We would simply be staring at the droplets of luminescent light
In that deep oceanic sky, 
And we could fall back in grass tipped with dew, and forget the past.
There wouldn’t be any burdens of regret, of time

Playing tricks on us. We could pretend that time
Was only a game, that we could pull out a happy-ever-after, no one would ever
             have to live above- 
But now you’re gone, and the only time I could be in your arms was in the past,
So I go back to those moments, because as long as I do that, you’re in my memory. 
I don’t want time to take you from my mind, don’t want years to bury you out of my life, but the sky
Is a living example of what can happen when the sun light 

Rises, washing away all the star light, 
From its short, night existence, I wish you wouldn’t have to fade each time
The new day begins, each time the sky
bathes an azure over its deep blue-black, I hope you know that even though you’ve 
dwindled from above,  
Not even the strongest sun could steal you from our hearts, our memory. 
You will always be part of our past, 

And we will never forget you, for now you’re in the sky’s past,
You’re part of the sky and you’re part of the Earth, and now we have enough light
To do anything. I hope that moving on is not betrayal, for every night I go outside, and look for you. You will never leave my memory.
I find you with my eyes, find your radiance in the twilight. Time
Does not apply to the stars. The Earth is forever in orbit, and those punctures of light will forever be in the darkness above. 
Whenever I need to remember you, all I need to do is look upwards at the sky.

It takes 8.3 minutes for a star’s light
To reach us. When I find you above, I glimpse ping-pong matches, late movie nights, strawberry     picking in the heat of summer. An entire story unfolding in the sky.
I see the time we’ve spent with you. And that’s all I need to remember you, Grandfather. The past.

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3 Comments
  • fatpanda

    eek i love the storytelling and formatting so much!! welcome to wtw!


    3 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    "When I find you above, I glimpse ping-pong matches, late movie nights, strawberry picking in the heat of summer. An entire story unfolding in the sky.
    I see the time we’ve spent with you. And that’s all I need to remember you, Grandfather. The past." this is so, so beautiful. thank you for this little piece of yourself, and the imagery is astounding! can't wait to read more of what you write and welcome to wtw :)


    3 months ago
  • Spiral Dragon

    This is so descriptive, and OH, the imagery! Welcome to WtW!


    3 months ago