Three Witches Echo the Light

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“In a light echo, light from the flash is reflected by successively more distant rings in the complex array of ambient interstellar dust that already surrounded the star. V838 Mon lies about 20,000 light years away toward the constellation of the unicorn (Monoceros), while the light echo above spans about six light years in diameter.” Image Credit: NASA

 For Kerfe and Jane

 

The echo of stars’ light

(so bright, so bright)

twinkles through space and time

 

in radiant waves shimmering

(the sight, the sight)

of shimmering stars

 

and humming moon

(her tune, her tune)

propels us forward

 

with Oracle and alchemy

(rhapsodies of fantasy)

we three witches seek guidance

 

through conjuring magic

(the gifts, the gifts)

of whys and ifs,

 

thus, we pause life’s darkness

to reveal the light—it’s there, it’s there!

So bright, so bright, so bright, so bright.

 

This is for my prompt at dVerse, where I’ve asked everyone to echo or write about echoes.

50 thoughts on “Three Witches Echo the Light

  1. Echoes of starlight, what a concept. I know that much of the night sky is a graveyard, many of the stars long dead, with their light just reaching us now. I like the idea that you mixed your echo verse with several varieties; great prompt.

    • Thank you very much. I think ifs can also mean a range of possibilities open to someone. But it’s also a sort of reference to the magnetic poetry that Jane, Kerfe, and I do nearly every Saturday–my poems seem to always have if in them–and we all tend to explore the why of life and the universe. 🙂

  2. How did you do that, Merril?! Across a great geographical distance, you’ve echoed Jane’s poem so beautifully in your three-line stanzas, right down to the repetitions in parentheses and the moon and stars. There must be some truth in the lines:
    ‘with Oracle and alchemy
    (rhapsodies of fantasy)
    we three witches seek guidance’.

    • It is freaky and amazing, isn’t it Kim? I didn’t even know that Jane had seen the prompt. Nearly every Saturday when we visit the Magnetic Poetry Oracle, we come up with many of the same words and similar ideas, but one could (perhaps) explain that with the limited number of tiles. But this? I have no idea!

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  4. kaykuala

    Thus, we pause life’s darkness
    to reveal the light—it’s there, it’s there!
    So bright, so bright, so bright, so bright.

    Light at the end of the tunnel so they say is there . It is a matter of waiting patiently!

    Hank

  5. This is wonderful Merril! I’m sorry not to have echoed you and Jane with the parentheses (although I did talk about moons and stars) but I’m smiling at the dedication and the beautiful words. And one of my archive images, at least, is very close to your photo. (K)

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