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I Saw It Written In the Stars

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Image by Prawny from Pixabay

When I have a terrible need of shall I say the word religion, then I go out and paint the stars.

— Vincent Van Gogh

Word Prompts to Encourage and Inspire

I love the challenge of word and photo prompts and find that they provide ideas I may not have otherwise considered, and inspire me to explore and experiment with different styles of poetry, short fiction, and writing in general.

I also have periods when I struggle to come up with my own writing ideas, and when I feel like banging my head against the proverbial brick wall, it is always good to be able to turn to an easily accessible prompt for help.

Fellow poet and writer, Brenda Arledge, kindly provides a word prompt every week that I, like many others, eagerly await. This week's word in 'Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 28' is "Star." The following poem "I Saw It Written In the Stars" is my response. It has additionally been inspired by and written in a similar style to the song 'Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" by Don McLean. In my opinion, many of McLean's songs can hold their own among some of the greatest poetry ever written.

I Saw It Written In the Stars

Stars that shine so bright,

Gentle like a lover’s kiss,

Tell me what your purpose is?

You all are suns, so very far away.

Like windows to the soul,

Your shining light will never cease,

Twinkling down to make us feel at ease.

Perhaps you are sentinels of God.


Will we ever know

What it is you really do?

Is your universal purpose true,

Or are we prisoners to you,

Trapped beneath your spell,

Blind and cannot see,

Unable to break free?


Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

Stars that shine so bright,

Sparkling down upon the Earth,

Signifying each new birth,

Your guiding lights are watching all we do.

And if what I say is true

We will live a life that makes us proud,

And gladly state our purpose loud

Until the world can hear the truth we shout.


Hand in hand I walk with you,

Past sunflowers glittering with dew.

But when I opened up my heart

You soon ripped my world apart,

And spurned my love, that I laid out for you.

I saw it written in the stars,

That I was never meant for one

As beautiful as you.


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Image by gmccrea from Pixabay

Stars that shine so bright,

Tiny suns that quietly blaze, far away from Earthly gaze,

But hidden when the sky is baby blue.

And I know you’re true, at night you will return for me,

Clouded skies your light won’t see,

But with the moon, you will shine bright again.


Now I understand the purpose of the stars,

How you help prevent the life-long scars,

Consoling tears in endless bars.

I did not heed you, although I know I should.

Until now, I never could…

Fix your course on a star and you’ll navigate any storm.

— Leonardo da Vinci

© 2021 John Hansen

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