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The ‘Stars’ Still Shine

Chitrangada loves to express her moods and emotions, through her poems. Most of her poems are free style and spontaneous with Nature at core

The Stars Still Shine

The Stars Still Shine

Word Prompt—Stars: The Thoughts Behind My Response

The following set of poems have been composed with the weekly word prompt, given by my fellow writer and dear friend, Brenda.

Brenda is a wonderful creative writer, and has composed many beautiful poems, on HubPages and other online writing platforms. She is right, when she says that word prompts, help creativity.
Her weekly word prompts have inspired many fellow writers, and there is a continuous flow of good creative writing, by them.

Word Prompt— Stars

I am a bit late in my response. ’Stars’ give me a nostalgic feeling.
I have enjoyed reading the responses of other fellow writers. Significantly, most of them have associated watching the ‘Stars‘ to their childhood.

In the earlier prompt, 'Summer' also, there is a correlation with the childhood times of the esteemed writers.

This made me think—-

Why do we stop watching the Stars, or enjoying the Summer vacations, as we used to do in our childhood?

The Moon still shines, the Stars still twinkle, the cool breeze still sings in the night. Perhaps, due to the complexities of adulthood, we forget to observe the beautiful Nature, or the beauty all around us, as we grow up.

My poem is a reflection of these thoughts.
Hope you like my little response, Brenda.

Stars shine in the dark sky

Stars shine in the dark sky

The ‘Stars’ Still Shine— Poem

Often, in those lovely childhood days,

In the quietness of the cool moonlit nights,

When life was so simple, and bright,

And, little things made my days,



Watching the twinkling ‘Stars’,

Lying on my home terrace,

With my superstar siblings,

One of our favourite entertainment,



Wondering, giggling on funny topics,

What would the ‘Stars’ speak,

What will they do or say,

What if, we could hear them,



Stars still shine bright in the night,

But, we forget to watch or talk to them.


Stars

** “Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,

Blossomed the lovely Stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”

—Henry Wandsworth Longfellow

** “Stars can’t shine without darkness.”

** “When life gets too overwhelming, just look up at the night sky, and lose yourself for a while.”

—Deborah A Ten Brink

Acrostic Poems on Stars

Shining brightly,

Tonight, and every night,

Amazingly brilliant,

Radiantly luminous,

Shimmering ‘Stars.’



Stars dance in the night,

Twinkle and shine,

All around the sky,

Ravishing, and glistening,

Serenity personified.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 09, 2021:

Hello Rinita!

Thank you for reading and commenting. I loved your last line.

I am glad that you liked the poem and my response. Much appreciated.

Always a pleasure to read your feedback. Thank you so much!

Rinita Sen on September 08, 2021:

Beautiful poetry. And the thought behind the first poem makes it even more valuable. Why do we stop watching the stars? I don't know. What I do know is that the stars never stop watching us.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Thank you Ravi Ji, for your kind words of appreciation. Pleased to know that you liked my response, and I am glad that it reminded you of some wonderful memories. I am loving the comments from the fellow writers.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Linda!

I am glad that you liked the reminder to watch the Stars. Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment.

Thank you so much. Have a great week ahead.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Thank you MG Singh Ji, for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked my response.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on September 06, 2021:

Wonderful poems Chitangada.It brought me back some wonderful memories of when we all used to look at the stars with awe and dream stories. Thanks for sharing these passionate poems.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2021:

I love looking at the stars and wondering about their true nature. Thank you for the lovely reminder about them.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 06, 2021:

Nice poems with a lot of passion. Great reading

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Vanita!

Always a pleasure to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response.

Much appreciated.

Yes, watching the Stars is fascinating indeed, whether in childhood or now.

Thank you so much. Have a great week ahead.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Nithya!

Many thanks for your encouraging words of appreciation.

I am glad that you liked my response, and the poems. Childhood memories are precious indeed.

Thank you so much. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Lora!

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am glad that you liked my response.

Your thoughtful comments touched me— Yes, we should keep our beautiful memories alive, as they enhance our lives.

Thank you for this lovely thought.

Have a blessed day and a blessed week ahead.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Manatita!

Appreciate your kind words of encouragement. It means a lot to me.

I am glad that you liked my response, and the poems.

Have a blessed day, and a wonderful week ahead. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello femi!

Appreciate you for sharing your precious memories with us. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Glad that you liked it.

Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Vidya Ji!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You are right in saying that childhood memories are for lifetime. As we grow up, everyone becomes busy with their own struggles, the ups and downs, and we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you so much.

A good day, and a happy week ahead to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

So good to know that you were enjoying your birthday with your loved ones.

Happy Birthday to you. May all your wishes come true.

Thank you for appreciating my response to the word prompt. I am glad that you liked the poems.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Shrushti!

It’s a pleasure to read your encouraging words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked the poems, and my response to the word prompt.

Yes, you are right in saying that we are busy with our fears, desires, the complexities of the adult life, and we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

Have a great day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Kalpana!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my response to the word prompt. I am glad that you liked it.

Yes, we can watch the stars in clear sky only. If there is air pollution, it would be difficult to view them. As such, in metro cities, there may be a problem in viewing them. Star watching is a delightful pleasure in the northern/ Himalayan regions in India.

Thank you for your kind comments. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Thank you so much for your detailed review of my response. I really liked reading your thoughts.

It’s true that we become so much preoccupied in our lives, that we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, as we used to do in our childhood days.

As you want something more on this, may be I will write on that subject, sometime later.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and appreciating my response.

Have a wonderful day!

Vanita Thakkar on September 06, 2021:

Such lovely poems, Chitrangadaji !! Loved them.

Stars were a fascination - from childhood till the end of schooling and still love them …. Lots of memories ….

Thanks for this lovely response to Brenda’s word prompt on Stars.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Louise!

I am happy that you liked my response and the poems.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Much appreciated.

Have a good day and thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Cynthia!

So good to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, and in particular the acrostic poems.

Appreciate you for your presence here. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Bill!

I am glad that you liked my response and that it brought back memories of your childhood. You are so right in saying, that every child should feel the connection with the universe, and they should spend sometime in the midst of Nature.

Appreciate your insightful comments. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello John!

You are right that ‘Stars’ is a wonderful subject to write about. I am a bit busy these days, but I had to do this response, after reading all those great responses by fellow writers, including yours.

The past week has been a ‘Star studded’ week indeed.

Appreciate you for reading and appreciating my response. Have a great day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Peggy!

I am pleased to read your comments. Lying on the grass, watching the clouds, these were fun activities, when we were growing up. Times have changed so much. Sorry to see, that people don’t have enough time to watch all these natural pleasures.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts.

Thank you so much and a wonderful day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2021:

Hello Misbah!

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt. I agree with you that we must keep the child within us, alive.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Have a blessed day!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 05, 2021:

Beautiful poems, I enjoyed reading them. They brought back memories of my childhood days when we used to watch the stars in amazement. The acrostic poems are wonderful, beautifully expressed.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

Thank you so much, for your positive feedback. I am pleased to know that you liked the acrostic poems, and the first one reminded you of your younger days.

Appreciate you for sharing your thoughts. Thank you so much.

Lora Hollings on September 05, 2021:

I love your observations about childhood and how stars ignite our imaginations and all of your wonderful memories of the fun times you spent with your siblings, Chitrangada. Your poem was a joy to read as well! Always keep the beautiful memories as they enhance our lives and what we share with others. Thank you for bringing back these wonderful times.

manatita44 from london on September 05, 2021:

Yes, I note that the stars are bringing forth the naivete and childlike memories in all of us. Love the way you approached it and your acrostic poem is also an added bonus. We need the inner Light all right. Much Love, Chitrangada Ji.

femi from Nigeria on September 05, 2021:

My earliest recollection of being alive was standing at our backyard looking at the stars in wonder

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 05, 2021:

Great poetry and a wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt, Chitrangada. I enjoyed reading them all. Childhood is a wonderful phase of life when we enjoy the simple pleasures with friends and siblings. And gazing at stars and imagining about them is one of those pleasures. Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on September 05, 2021:

I am late to respond, Chitrangada because I was chatting and celebrating my birthday with my little family. Yes, the stars still shine, and we should pay attention to their beauty just like our childhood days. Loved your acrostic poems a lot. Thank you for sharing.

Srushti Gamit on September 05, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada!!

This wonderful piece really made me think too that why do I stop watching stars??

We all are so caught up in fears, hopes and desires that we forgot to see the light up sky full of beautiful stars.

Your poems are very fun to read I enjoy a lot reading them.

Thanks a ton for sharing with us.

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 05, 2021:

You know, whenever I look at the sky nowadays, I feel we see far less stars than we used to before. I am not sure why. But yes, your poem made me reminisce of my childhood. Staring at the starry skies from my home terrace.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2021:

Chitrangada

Your writing is not late at all.

In your introduction you ponder this thought,

Why do we stop watching the Stars, or enjoying the Summer vacations, as we used to do in our childhood?

Your poem, "The ‘Stars’ Still Shine— Poem" shows us how you & your siblings would sit on the terrace at night watching the stars.

You would try to figure out what the stars were talking about as you giggled the night away.

This sounds like such a peaceful and simple time if life shared together with love.

Then as you get older, you forget to watch them but they still shine bright.

Chitrangada this is a great poem that reminds me of being a kid looking up at the stars in wonder, but you leave me wanting more.

Like what makes life in such a rush that we forget to look up...

show, don't tell.

Then your acrostic poems you describe how the stars shine in the night sky as they twinkle & dance.

Great work.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 05, 2021:

Beautiful poetry! I really enjoyed reading your poetry about stars. I love how they twinkle in the sky!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 05, 2021:

I like your acrostic poems where your focus captures the magic of the star as a light body.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 05, 2021:

Growing up, my friends and I would sleep outside, oftentimes late at night, looking at the stars, wondering what the universe is like, feeling very small in comparison. I think every child should be required to lay out under the stars and feel the connection of the universe.

Thank you for the memory!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 05, 2021:

Stars are a wonderful subject for writing about, Chitrangada, and your poems are wonderful. Imagine what they would say if they could talk?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2021:

Your poems are lovely, Chitrangada. In addition to watching stars, we used to lay on the grass when we were kids, and look at clouds describing what they most resembled. Night or day, watching nature can be so much fun.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 05, 2021:

Chitra Di, this is such a lovely response to the prompt. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your poems. We must gaze at the stars as we did as children because they still shine. They are still friends. Thank you for sharing.

Many Blessings and Love to you, Di

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 05, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading your poems, Chitrangada. The 2 acrostic poems were excellent.

I like the first poem as it also reminds me of my young days where we looked and talked about the stars.

This is an excellent response to Brenda's prompt.

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