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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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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?


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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

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 04, 2021:

Thank you so much, Lora. I am glad that my words did justice to the original Don McLean song. Take care.

Lora Hollings on September 04, 2021:

Such poetic language, John, in your beautiful poem about stars. You really captured the meaning and style of one of my favorite songs, "Starry, Starry Night." You really did a great job with this challenge. Lovely writing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2021:

Thank you so much, Denise. I am glad you felt like singing it as an addition to the original song.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 03, 2021:

Beautifully written. I was singing it as I read it. What a sweet addition to the song. I loved it.

Blessings,

Denise

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2021:

Serenity is a very nice feeling to exude, Flourish. I am glad this poem succeeded in doing that. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 03, 2021:

The poem exudes serenity. Nicely done, John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2021:

Thank you, Mark, it has always been one of my favourites as well. Cheers.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on September 03, 2021:

Awesome poem. Also one of my favorite songs that you used for a prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Oh yes, Linda, that is a classic feel good song. I am glad this poem gave you a similar feeling. Thank you.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 02, 2021:

John, this poem gave me such a sense of calm and peace and happiness. It brought to mind the song from the Disney animated "Pinocchio."

"When you wish upon a star,

makes no difference who you are.

Anything your heart desires

will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do.

Fate is kind

She brings to those who love

The sweet fulfillment of

Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Fran, thank you for reading this poem, and it makes me happy to read that the words resonated with you. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Yes, Brittany is on my feed, Brenda. I read her comment on your article. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Thank you as always, MsDora. Who doesn’t love the stars?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Thank you so much, Vidya. Listening to the song “Vincent” certainly helped feel the emotions and to put them into words. I am happy you enjoyed the quotes also.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Hello Jan, thank you for the lovely comment. I really wanted to give the stars life and purpose in this poem. I am so glad you think I succeeded.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Thanks Greg. I’ll try.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

It is always a pleasure to have you read my work Srushti. So glad you enjoyed this poem.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on September 02, 2021:

John, could not have said it better! Absolutely loved how your words resonate with me. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 02, 2021:

John

If you have Brittany Benko's on your feed, please repost it.

Thanks

Dora Weithers on September 02, 2021:

Beautiful discourse on the stars and their purpose. Excellent poetry.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 02, 2021:

Beautiful poem with deep emotions. A wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt, John. The quotes and images are so good. Loved the song by Vincent. Thanks for sharing.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 02, 2021:

Oh my, how beautiful that was to read, John. You gave the stars life and purpose. Thank you for that truly wonderful offering. The images are perfect as well.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 02, 2021:

John - I think it's a two-way street, brother. This part really reached out and touched me, so perhaps we are even:

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…

Keep on giving like this, John.

Srushti Gamit on September 02, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading the poem John! So beautifully written.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Take care

God bless you

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Nithya, the stars can’t help the captivation they hold us. Thank you for reading this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Hello Pamela. Thank you for another lovely comment, and I am pleased you found the poem, music, and images enjoyable. Take care!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Misbah, I am always appreciative of you reading and commenting on my poetry. I am glad those particular lines resonated with you. Thank you, my friend. Many blessings back to you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 02, 2021:

Beautifully penned, lovely poem. It is wonderful to gaze at the stars in the night sky- an ethereal experience soothing our heart and soul.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 02, 2021:

This is such a beautiful poem, and a lovely response to Brenda's prompt, John. The beauty of the stars is touching, and I love how you ended this poem. This was very enjoyable to read.

I loved the music, and all the picture also.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 02, 2021:

So Beautiful response to Brenda's Prompt. John, I loved each and every word of this poem. It was such a delightful read, my friend. I enjoyed it very much.

"We will live a life that makes us proud,

And gladly state our purpose loud

Until the world can hear the truth we shout." ~~ You expressed it in a very beautiful manner. I also loved the following lines from your beautiful poem

"Now I understand the purpose of the stars,

How you help prevent the life-long scars,

Consoling tears in endless bars."

Wonderful work with this prompt. I enjoyed the quotes as well. Thank you so much for sharing. Take care and I am sending best wishes to you.

Blessings always!!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Hi Peg, It is always great to hear you enjoy my poetry. I am glad you loved the song “Vincent” as well. I know one of you suggestions for Poems From the Porch was “star gazing.” Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

It is always a pleasure to receive your comments, Bill. They are always so encouraging. Yep, stars heal scars.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2021:

I love the song you included at the end of your masterful poem. You covered many emotions in your prose. Well done!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

Wonderful...the healing of scars! Great ending to a thoroughly enjoyable poem. I will never look at stars the same way again.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Hi Greg, so glad you caught this one in time. Your comment touched me. I hope your mother would have liked this poem, and I am sure she is one of those twinkling stars watching over you. I am also pleased that it made you sing along to ‘Vincent’ in your head.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 02, 2021:

John - I loved this, my friend. Was able in my head (my wife won’t let me do it out loud, haha!) sing along to the tune Vincent. For me, that song reminds of my mother. She was a wonderful appreciator of all kinds of music. Now your poem has touched my heart, got me to thinking about stars and starry nights and wondering if my mom is one of those twinkles looking down on us in the evening.

Great poetry, John, and once again a wonderful response to Brenda’s one-word prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for reading and your insightful analysis of the poem. Stars have a positive impact on so many people. They offer a sense of wonder and their beauty and fascination cannot be denied.I am glad you enjoyed the poem and the quotes I included. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

It is always great to receive your lovely comments, Rosina. Thank you for your kind words, and what better way to fall asleep then by staring at the stars. I am glad you enjoyed this poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 02, 2021:

John

In your introduction you tell us you love to use photo & word prompts when you struggle for ideas.

I definitely relate to those moments.

I love your quotes. Especially the one about stars being our loved ones.

In your poem, "I Saw It Written In The Stars"

You ask questions trying to figure out the purpose of the stars.

The stars shining light will never cease to shine as it comforts us.

Perhaps they are God's watchful eyes.

Or maybe we are prisoners trapped beneath their spell.

For this watchful light watches all we do.

If true, then we live life proudly & shout it out for all the world to hear the truth.

Walking hand in hand, we open our heart to love only to have it ripped apart for it was written in the stars.

We are not meant to touch something so beautiful.

The light hides during the day, but it returns each night with the moon.

You show us the meaning of those stars.

To help console us, to wipe away our tears preventing those life-long scars.

Wonderful writing with this one.

The stars do watch over us & comfort us when we are sad.

It's peacefulness is like no other.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

What a wonderful comment, Chitrangada. I am glad my poem’s imagery made you want to sit and watch the stars tonight. Blessings.

Rosina S Khan on September 02, 2021:

Beautiful poetry about shiny stars- a perfect response to Brenda's prompt- "Star". You couldn't have narrated it better and I loved all of it. Like Chitrangada, I make it a point to look up high at the sky to stare at the sparkling stars before I retire to sleep tonight. Thank you for sharing, John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Thank you so much, Liz. I am pleased that I successfully conveyed some varied emotions. I always value your comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 02, 2021:

Hello John!

Beautifully expressed, wonderful response to the word prompt, Stars.

Your beautiful imagery, makes one want to have an observant look at the glittering stars, in the sky.

I always like to watch them on a quiet night, and I am interested to do the same tonight, after reading your poem.

This was a pleasing read. Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Ravi. I am glad you enjoyed this poem.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 02, 2021:

I like the way your creative streak has run free with this word prompt. You take the reader on a dazzling trip of emotions through the stars.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2021:

Manatita, I am glad this piece gave you a feeling of serenity, peace, or soothing. What more could I ask? I can imagine telling stories beneath the stars in a Caribbean village. What a delightful image. Thank you for your encouraging comment.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on September 02, 2021:

Beautifully written John. Your words display a gamut of emotions that echo throughout this wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on September 02, 2021:

You've done a beautiful job, John and in this work it's apparent everywhere. I even feel a kind of soothing within me, a Peace, I swear! Perhaps it's my memory of stars, of twilight ... of telling Anancy stories beneath the moon and stars in a Caribbean village Hermitage. Who knows?

Yet you convey the beauty, the Light, the contrast ... and of course your classic video and a couple of photos are awesome!

I guess it was written in the stars. Salaam!

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