Stars, or: Hall of Fame

Poetry Partners #112

‘Cassiopea’, a ‘mirrored refrain’ poem by Scotti Woolery-Price of ‘Morning Star Poetry’

Placed in a constellation 
Found among the Northern skies 
Her fables try to tempt you
But come morning her light dies
 
Zig zagging around the night
Her five stars come into view
But come morning her light dies
As fables try to tempt you
 
Allured by the seated queen
Like a princess in disguise
Her fables try to tempt you
Yet come morning her light dies
 
Sheโ€™s light years away from home
Praying a hero comes through
But come morning her light dies
While fables try to tempt you
 
Sheโ€™s been ravaged by her pride
And covets your moon-struck eyes
Her fables try to tempt you
But come morning her light dies

A kyrielle by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

Proud monarch, pompous, could not care;
Drew undue boldness from her crown;
Poseidon bound her to a chair,
She now hangs above, upside down 

Bragged of her daughter's and own charms,
Flaunting her grace in splendid gowns;
Never once feared she'd come to harm;
She now hangs above, upside down 

The Nereids, she claimed, were less
And scorned the Sea God's dark'ning frown;
Condemned for vain claims she professed;
She now hangs above, upside down 

Poseidon fierce Cetus released 
And caused the kingdom's lands to drown,
But, since Perseus offed the beast,
She now hangs above, upside down

When hero and fair princess wed,
Queen mother was not to be found;
Never having arrogance shed,
She now hangs above, upside down

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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23 thoughts on “Stars, or: Hall of Fame”

  1. “She now hangs above, upside down” – such a harsh line. In my own mind it looks like a card that belongs to a tarot deck.

    Your fascination with the word sound like “Kyrielle” consolidates itself daily in your poetry and has become an icon in your life’s work. It just get better all the time.

    The tempo in which you described Vanity is both wicked and mesmerizing.

    Both poems are class acts
    Fables die, and strangely enough, at some point in time; the poet, the writer or an author will resurrect them one more time.

    Fables and Fairy-tales always capture the imagination
    Both poets proved this once more.

  2. Both poems are intriguing and informative. The repetitions of โ€˜But come morning her light diesโ€™ bring to mind childhood fables my grandmothers told me. It makes reading the poem pleasurable and hard to forget. You believe so much the narrative that it is hard to shake off the fact that this is fiction.

  3. Excellent guys, both pieces! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ Ye took us on a mythical journey here and i loved the rhythm of both pieces! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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