Sentinel Star


Sentinel Star

Distant star within my sight
Shining down on me tonight
Won’t you send your charm my way
Make my worries go away

Shine good fortune on this soul
Longing to be once more whole
Banish sorrow and dismay
As I greet the newborn day

The prompt at dVerse, posed by Frank Hubeny is to write a tanaga – four line stanzas with seven-syllable lines, often rhyming and with either the same or variable rhyme patterns. I’ve chosen a simple rhyme pattern, and I’ll admit I was influenced by Frank’s example of “Twinkle, twinkle little star.”

Image: NASA/ESA/HUBBLE via Astronomy Picture of the Day

25 thoughts on “Sentinel Star

  1. This one struck me hard because for some reason, I associated sentinel node (as in cancer) with the star, the node being the bringer of the message. A friend of mine died a couple of years ago from cancer and this is where I learned about the sentinel node. Your poem is about a hopeful and protective star, a different message than what my friend got. Somehow this all got mixed up in my head and I was remembering her hopeful attitude all through her illness, a good memory. And the beautiful images you brought to mind with this poem and the start.

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