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I Saw a Star Last Night - Poem to Look Out the Window

Updated on September 25, 2012
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My Star

I saw a star two nights ago. It shone in my eye in a code of three.

I knew what it wanted but I tried to ignore it.

I went about my daily chores - cleaning dishes, sweeping floors and dusting sills.

My chest hurt from the fire that was burning in the pit and my eyes wept from the smoke that spiraled on the wind outside my door.

I realized it was time for slumber when my head lolled to the right.

I saw a star a night ago. It glared in my eye and demanded to be seen.

I knew what it wanted but I tried to ignore it still.

I went about my daily errands - filled the cupboard, greeted the new neighbor, and organized a reading.

My body ached from walking the cobblestone and my limbs hung limp from the exhaustion that crept along my entire being.

I realized it was time to stand tall when my shadow revealed my state.

Tonight the star burns bright and I sit silently staring at it.

It has dimmed somewhat but I know it will never move.

It shines like a soft beacon leading me home, a lighthouse in the sky leading the way past rocky uprisings and turbulent waters.

Star light star bright first star I see tonight I wish I may I wish I might have this wish I wish tonight.

When I was a little girl I would look out my bedroom window at night. I would stare up at the stars from my bed until my eyes couldn't stay open - and I would imagine what was happening on each star. I would dream that I would one day get to meet the people of the stars and learn how they lived.

Last night I spent an awful long time staring at the stars wondering about life. I didn't come to any conclusions really. I just stared and thought without actually thinking. My mind was clear although a million different phrases swam around and bumped into one another. I didn't even feel the cold air or hear the jets in the distance that often fly over. The silence was healing. To make this a habit would make any night.



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    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you Audrey! That means a lot coming from one of my favorite poets on HP :)

      Thanks Super Silly Sunshine Sweetie!

      Hey Ray (going with being a poet heheh) - If you read it twice I say thanks twice :P One day I hope to be at peace's a fleeting feeling really. Here and then gone. Thanks for the vote

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      7 years ago from USA or America

      Okay, I thought I had read this already, but I guess not. I seem to recall reading it, but apparently I didn't leave a comment. Oh well, I'm back again anyway. LOL! Very nicely written. I too used to stare at the stars and wonder things about life. Now, it's something I don't do, but am still at peace with myself. Voted up! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amazingly Awesome Ardie!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Beautiful Ardie!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hello sweet Raci, you always have the nicest things to say :)

      Hi rebeccamealey, I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my star gazing wanderlust!

      Thank you writer20! I can only imagine being up that high and feeling like I could touch the stars if I stretched enough. Thank you for the votes

      Vinaya, one of my favorite photographer poets! You make everything sound so beautiful – I can see you as a small boy cuddling up to your father :)

      Hello dear Gypsy Rose, a reality light show from nature, that’s awesome!! I will finish with my star soon and I will blow it in your direction so the wind can carry it to you. Treat it well.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up awesome and beautiful. Lovely thoughts. I've always loved watching the stars. It's like a reality light show from nature. When you finish wishing upon that star Ardie send it along this way. I have some wishes for it too.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      When I'm in Kathmandu I miss the stars I see from my farm, the smell of sprouts, earth and the fresh air. Stars reminds me of my child, when I used to cuddle with my father and gaze the stars hearing my father's stories about the stars.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful poem all about pretty stars. We lived 7,000 ft up where the sky was so clear. I never knew until we moved there that there are so many stars.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This was touching for me. I spent so much time, with my father, gazing into the night sky contemplating the Universe!

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      7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      the stars are dazzling here in your poem Ardie...

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Neverland

      Uzyeyes, thank you so much :)

      Haunty, really you are a card while at the same time being so sweet. I’m glad my poetry touches you – this one really was pure emotion…no editing and changing, just writing. Please remember to always keep yourself happy first! I must admit your pome got a free ride simply because I love it. R had to work for his links. He actually helped me rearrange the last line “To make this a habit would make any night”. I just couldn't get it right.

      RHW, I can picture you resting and singing, drawing pictures on the wall with your finger in the dark – how cute! That sounds like something one of my daughters would do!!

      Cardisa, I love nature…even though more often than not it makes me sick with allergies heheh I just always feel more whole and at peace when I’ve been out. And always amazed. You can come hang out with me anytime and we can stare at the sky together – no judging!!!

      Hello Stephanie, thank you so much! :) Maybe I should get myself a telescope soon and see what I can find. What do you think?

      Barbergirl! Hello :) I think the stars are magical too. I love reading storybooks to the kids about fairies on stars…my two favorites combined! I haven’t made my wish yet tonight – I better get out there before you take them all.

      Thank you so much JAS! I think you’re pretty wonderful too :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Stars are wonderful and your poem is too.

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I always try to catch the first star I see of the night... so I to can wish upon it. If I am late, I try to wish on the first star I see... even if there is another one just to the right. I have done this since I was a kid. There is just something so magical about the stars! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I love watching the stars, too, and imagining all the wonders of the universe. Loved your poem!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      I love how you are in love with the elements! People think I'm crazy because I love watching the night sky.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love your poetry - I think it might be the first one of yours I have read:) Multi-talented!

      I used to sing myself to sleep and draw pictures on the wall quietly with my fingertips:) lol Thanks for the reminder - I would have liked staring at the stars better I think, but my window was not by my bed.

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      7 years ago from Hungary

      Oh thanks for reminding me (and the link too). I will go an comment on that one too! Maybe I'll make someone happy. Myself maybe.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Neverland

      And don't miss your own linked pome Haunty :D

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      7 years ago from Hungary

      Beautiful and touching hub, Ardie! I love your poems and creative writing because they always talk to my soul. Something tells me I will keep revisiting this piece. Off to read the linked poems of R now. :D

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      7 years ago

      Very cool.


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