Twinkling Enigma

Twinkling Enigma

by Laura Summerville Reed


I'd sooner believe the stars don't burn

than believe I don't

but they'll take the fall and not complain

that's more than I can say for me

I burn – a twinkling enigma

Just bent light on a sandy horizon

Interference in the atmosphere

makes us all look so pretty in the moonlight

Wrap them tight in shiny cellophane

but they’ll escape

Be careful not to light so many lampposts

that you can’t see the stars

to guide yourself by


LSR 2010©


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A.A. Zavala profile image

A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

No manner of interference could dim your light. Beautiful...


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Be careful not to light so many lampposts

that you can’t see the stars

to guide yourself by

What a deep truth. In our efforts to make it through life we often lose sight of its beauty.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Oh,my - Laura - how lovely and getting right to the heart of it. I just was writing a reply to a comment on my "Rain Dance" most recent Hub, and referred to the night sky at the ranch where there is no light pollution. It is incredible. Perhaps you've witnessed such a sky-full of stars and galaxies yourself. In any case, you have witnessed the other extreme. . . and you've given the reason why we do that. Just wonderful poetry!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Augustine, thank you so very much. You know how much I value your opinion.

Sam, it is a "truth", isn't it? Sometimes it's easier to be the moth to the flame than the astronomer to the stars.

Nellieanna, I read 'Rain Dance' and all the others that go so beautifully with it. I'm amazed how your words, many as you've said written decades ago, so closely align to my heart and soul today. You too, are a 'Twinkling Enigma' wrapped in shiny cellophane - But! You escape, haha! Thank you for saying this is wonderful, it fills my heart with joy, dear lady!


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epigramman 6 years ago

enthralled I am by your poetic flights of fancy and whimsy ....yet these are words of great power because they move me to say that "you are in a league of your own"


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, once again, your kind and generous words humble me. Thank you so very, very much, dear sir :D


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Laura...you are a lighthouse beam shining through a prism...fingers of light, twisting colors, reflecting glow that illuminates the room and brings an ambience of warmth and laughter. A little girl from the country in the big old world like one shining star against the backdrop of all the universe yet bright and shiny catching one's eye the moment they look up and see that bright smile and making all the other light sources in the broad sky take a backseat. That's what that poem causes me to say. WB


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Wayne Brown, how very sweet of you, now I'm blushing a little,(ok, a lot) and I thank you kindly, dear sir :D


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Had to come back and read it one more time and I like your new pic. You look absolutely gorgeous.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Sam, Please come back as often as you like! Now, you've got me blushing, too! :D


ralwus 6 years ago

I have tasted honey, I have had good butter, I love peaches and cream. I have learned what is good. This is good. xox Charlie


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh Charlie, thank you, I do so value the opinion of a man who knows the difference between margarine and real butter, there's just no substitute for real butter, haha! Thank you, again, it's truly appreciated, my dear man.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

There goes ol' CC...out there butterin' up! LOL! WB


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Honey, butter, peaches, cream...throw in a batch of that chicken you were referring to in 'Summer Solstice' and we'd have a picnic under these twinkling skies, haha! I think you can both hold your own pretty well in the "butterin' up" category, Wayne Brown!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I am afraid you are correct!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

haha! ;D


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

"An enigma is a type of riddle generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that requires ingenuity and careful thinking for its solution."

You are a delightful riddle Laura Summerville Reed--Thank you for the new clues. =:)


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

You are so very welcome, dear Winsome, and thank you...to be referred to as "a delightful riddle" must be one of the most charming and no doubt, delightful compliments I've ever received :D


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epigramman 6 years ago

....with all due respects to Gary Wright you are my 'dream weaver' ..... and another unique example of why words are your 'happy children' - they seem to delight at the opportunity of being in your exalted company!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, I am humbled and delighted each time I see that you've visited me. I'll never know what I've done to deserve such company and praise as this? Thank you, kind sir :D


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Your a shining star on anyone's horizon

I burn – a twinkling enigma

Just bent light on a sandy horizon Love these lines.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Dear Ken, thank you so very, very much, and I'd like to thank you also for mentioning me in your recent interview with Nellieanna, what an incredibly thoughtful thing for you to do. Once again, I don't know what I've done to deserve such company as this, but I truly count it all as dear to me :D


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

Rocking the muse, like you like the abuse there lalesu. As always loving your work, cause you work it like loving. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Yes, gently doled out and pleasantly received, haha! there is a certain brand of that in the air above, isn't there?...and as always, Blake, so appreciative of your comments and compliments to my works. Thank you. ~ Laura


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Hiredpun 6 years ago from Southern California

I agree with one of the comments about this line:

Be careful not to light so many lampposts

that you can’t see the stars

to guide yourself by

~brilliant


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Hp, I have a small, little love affair with the sky above. I sat on my deck for hour last evening watching Perseid throw sparkling confetti across the night sky and the whole while I was cursing the street light that was so considerately placed there by the city for my own safety, lol! Thank you for reading and for the compliment to my writing. ~ Laura


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you suggest one 6 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

"bent light on a sandy horizon".life is but a series of dreams,and we are but a twinkle in the mind of the greatest dreamer of all.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

YSO, what a lovely comment, thank you for sharing. ~ Laura


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epigramman 6 years ago

...I just needed an excuse to come back and see your smile!

And always a treat - a pleasure - to bathe in the luxury of your beautiful words ...... like a day at the poetry spa ..... so heavenly my dear!!!!!!!!!!!!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, you never need an excuse, it's always my pleasure. Your generous praise is the reason I smile, kind sir ~ Laura ;D


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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

No generic compliment here.

The flow and beauty in this piece

Is gut punching!

And I happen to like the pain.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

AP, glad to accomodate...you brought it on yourself with your beautiful "Revolting Heart." http://hubpages.com/literature/Revolting-Heart

Thank you so much. ~ Laura

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