Sternlight, or: Spotlight

A shadorma

barge sternlight
glows through dense night fog;
dim, old dock;
vain gulls pose
on catwalk in the spotlight;
fancy themselves grand
Mist by Ton Heijnen,
via 500px

This poem was written in response to:


  • six-line stanzas (or sestets);
  • each stanza has a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5, for a total of 26 syllables;
  • may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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22 thoughts on “Sternlight, or: Spotlight”

  1. Wow!!! Great shordoma. The Line 3 image shift to the catwalk is amazing.

    Happy Sunday


  2. Oh, so good to see a barge again, even in photo,
    In fact under this lighting the barge even looks romantic.

    I love how you played with the feelings of the gulls
    They are such audacious and hilarious birds, fancy them on the catwalk,
    I know, sort of clumsy😂

    Love the romantic comedy played out in the Shadorma.

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