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Pleiades

by Peter Humphreys

seven sisters of the sun
how I love you
one
by one
by one ...

daughters of Atlas
and
the beautiful Pleoine

I stand in awe
beneath thy misty glow
and though
our world
is harsh and wan
I wonder when
your time
began
as one

a flock of doves
to sail across
the night sky

you were there
before our time began
my life the slightest speck
within your flight

I bow as celt and aztec
maori did before
and count
the grains of wonder
in your hair

Pleiades
O Pleiades
ye sisters of the sun
be with us
to
our ending

12/08/2008

Author's Note: "Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid. Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall

Posted on 12/08/2008
Copyright © 2021 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 12/08/08 at 02:51 PM

Ah Peter so nicely done. It is far easier to write of Venus or Mars, but you've head this right where it should be.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/08/08 at 03:25 PM

A stunning snapshot of a much larger universe. Very, very well done.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/08/08 at 03:36 PM

The mythology of that group of stars in so rich and you have added to their beauty.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/08/08 at 07:48 PM

Inspired....and even more so, inspirational! Exxellent, Peter. Thanks.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 12/11/08 at 04:45 PM

Thank Heaven for you and thank you for this...

you were there
before our time began
my life the slightest speck
within your flight



Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 12/14/08 at 07:44 AM

Peter, this is beautiful! It's a perfect mixture of mythology/astronomy/poetic description. The sense of awe in this piece is quite like what I feel when I stand in my front yard and just stare at the night sky. :)

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 12/17/08 at 10:10 PM

Spectacular

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