11 September 2019

Catch the Falling Stars

“Catch a falling star and put it in
your pocket, save it for a rainy day.”

How I loved that song!

Much easier to catch a lightning bug ~
but they don’t live.  Not in pockets or jars.

Lie on your back in the cool grass, and you
can see both lightning bugs and stars.

Lightning bugs fly and flicker on and off,
whereas stars are far away but stand still.

And beam, like smiles, like they’re watching the earth
or were a while ago and stay in touch,

Like friends I’ve lost along the way and still
can’t accept their absence.  I name the stars.

And if they fall, I will catch them, I would
always catch them, even a while ago.

I catch the falling stars and put them in
my heart and never let them fade away.

For Sumana's prompt Poets United Midweek Motif ~ "Looking at Stars" which opens at 6AM.

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Jae Rose said...

What a shining poem - so full of love for those star lights

Ron. said...

They're all still out there, waiting for us.

rallentanda said...

Sad and beautiful !

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This reminded me of a song I had forgotten that I once loved. A wonderful read. A reminder of a more innocent time in my life.

Lori said...

To catch a star and put it in your heart where it shines forever.

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh so true...a heart is a starlight wonder...beautiful

Vivian Zems said...

I’ve always thought that stars looking down at S are also beaming with smiles. Loved this.

Myrna R. said...

I forgot about that song. I loved it too. Your poem delights, and makes me want to catch a star.

Old Egg said...

What a beautiful poem this is to read, I adored it.

Sumana Roy said...

"Like friends I’ve lost along the way and still
can’t accept their absence.".....I can so relate. Love how the poem begins and ends. And thank you for this wonderful song, hearing for the first time.

The Bizza said...

Beautiful and melancholic vibe here. Lovely poem.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, I used to love that song too, whenI was growing up. I like the way you've made it a basis for your poem, weaving in the phrases in a new way. A beautiful expression of grief and love – and the understanding that the love and the memory of it is worth the grief.

Panchali said...

"I catch the falling stars and put them in
my heart and never let them fade away."

Wish, life was really so simple and peaceful. Beautiful writing, Susan.

Brendan said...

This poem has much more to do with how to keep the stars falling. It has everything to do with how we catch them. Such a lovely touching poem.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Some things are meant never to go away, falling stars--and fallen loved ones--among them.