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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Mason Jars Of Suns

I collect the stars
And drop them into Mason jars
That once were home to
My honeysuckle jam

Sun Sun Suns
One by one
I use their lantern's glow
To light up my universe

Ah, the universe is black
Without it's light
And I pause in my gathering
To contemplate

The sky is blue
A sea of blue
As far as I can see
A sea of blue without mermaids

Oh! that feeling
As I turn into blue
A lingering
Disinteresting

A chorus of crickets
Is singing the song,
' Here Comes the Sun King '
He is one and done

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
I need a jar
To start collecting
All the lightning bolts

Didn't anyone tell you
That touching any bolt of lightning
Was so much hotter
Than kissing the sun

I opened all my jars
And Freed the suns
They fled smiling
Glowing with joy

I contemplated
Smashing all my jars
But I made scupernong
Wine instead

Submitted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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  • Heather Wilkins (6/28/2013 4:12:00 PM)

    a lovely happy read. enjoyed

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/20/2013 3:15:00 PM)

    When I read collection of stars in a bowl, I recall the first poem of 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' of poet Omar Khayyam (see PH)
    Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
    Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight...
    Jar of stars nicely developed. Thank you.

  • Kevin Patrick (6/13/2013 10:06:00 PM)

    It has a child's eccentricity, that makes it charming, was it the after mentioned wine that let you write this I imagine?
    I heard of catching stars but I'm afraid I get sun burned.

  • Julie Schleppegrell (6/6/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    This was so fun and happy to read

  • Wahab Abdul (6/4/2013 1:46:00 AM)

    lovely poem indeed.. like it 10

  • Lyn Paul (6/1/2013 12:12:00 PM)

    A beautiful positive write. Love the crickets.

  • Summer Wind (5/31/2013 4:17:00 PM)

    Beautiful in every way, while capturing fascination, loving smiles and my heart.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Farah Ilyas (5/31/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    Delightful poem with marvelous use of metaphors, open your jar, take the light & illuminate the world...beneficial use of your poetry..great

  • Payal Parande (5/28/2013 5:06:00 AM)

    Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself -William Hazlitt

    now after reading this piece i believe it.........

  • Bobby Wynn (5/23/2013 6:26:00 PM)

    Fanciful, and and pert as a chirping bird, you've arrived.

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