We Named the Sky: NaPoWriMo, Day 12

Monday Morning Afternoon Musings:

“The dead don’t go anywhere. They’re all here. Each man is a cemetery. An actual cemetery, in which lie all our grandmothers and grandfathers, the father and mother, the wife, the child. Everyone is here all the time.”
-Isaac Bashevis Singer (quoted in Shtisel), Season3)

Sunrise Cloud Reflections over the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield ©️Merril D. Smith

In ancient times, we named the sky—
saw Apollo in his flaming chariot fly
as his sister Diana of the woods and moon
bounded with deer and hound, and soon
the stars were storied, and tunes gloried
creation, emotion, and the cessation of
wind and tides, the slide

of seasons from one to next,
as the gods are first jolly, then are vexed.
But Persephone comes and goes–
snow falls, then flower flows,
and we cry and sigh as people die–
but the seeds remain, though not the same,
each generation evolves, and solves

Spring, Red Bank Battlefield ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

new problems, and old ones we revive.
But if we could fly in hyperdrive
to other worlds, or visit holodecks
to greet and meet dear loved ones in an annex
to another world, an alternate timeline,
future, past, present combined—we’d drink wine
with family and heroes, toast the divine

in fantasy. And yet—we recall,
in memories of sight, scent, sound—however small–
within us all the time, sharing space
with those who came before—the interface
of body and mind. Stardust to genes, renamed things
in seasons reborn on hopeful wings
Cycles, seasons, the stories again–real or imaginings?

Clouds and cool weather
Beautiful blue skies, April Morning. Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield. ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

I’ve combined my Monday Morning Musings with the NaPoWriMo Day 12 prompt: “This prompt challenges you to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.”


Merril’s Movie/TV Club: We finished Season 3 (most likely the final season) of Shtisel (Netflix). I highly recommend it. My husband and I both got so caught up in this show.
We had Chinese food over the weekend, and so watch two Chinese movies.
Us and Them (Netflix)—a romance of a young man and woman meeting on a train and trying to become successful in Beijing. I liked it, but I’m not sure if I loved it. I think I would have enjoyed it more in the theater. We had some phone calls and other distractions.
Better Days (Amazon Prime rental)—is Hong Kong’s entry for the Academy Awards. It’s about school bullying, and also the high stakes competition/pressure of getting into a good college in China. My husband and I both enjoyed this one more—despite the subject matter of school bullying. There is also a romance. The actress Dongyu Zhou is the female lead in both movies. Watch the end credits for both movies.

23 thoughts on “We Named the Sky: NaPoWriMo, Day 12

  1. OMG, Merril; this/these are magnificent. I often have to force myself through longer verses, but this work, beautiful and as beautifully accented by this mind-blOwingly beautiful photography, insisted that I keep reading, and then left me wanting even more. Of all your work(s) that I’ve encountered online, this post rises to the top, in my humble opinion. Now I’m going to go back & read/view it again. THANK YOU.

  2. Merril, I’m in awe of this rhymed verse. I’m not usually a fan of rhyme but this moves so beautifully and tells a wonderful story paired with the stunning photography. I enjoyed it very much!

  3. These lines reflect my fondest dream right now:

    But if we could fly in hyperdrive
    to other worlds, or visit holodecks
    to greet and meet dear loved ones in an annex
    to another world, an alternate timeline,
    future, past, present combined—we’d drink wine
    with family and heroes, toast the divine

  4. Beautiful! I agree with the above comment…dreamy photos! Love the picture of you and your mom drinking wine. It is a symbolic toast to life and all the goodness God has showered upon us in our beloveds.

  5. I love this from top to bottom. All the beautiful images go with the more beautiful words. A toast to all who came before and remain in our hearts and memories and to all those yet to come.

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