Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DAY #23: Through the Eyes of Others

It's always great to hear that your project is enjoyed, especially when it comes from someone whose work you have enjoyed.  I mentioned recently that Ceakay Ballyhoo had visited LEA 4 and had posted on it.  Check it out if you haven't already.

She ALSO wrote some charming rhymed couplets to Saturn!





Saturn - Bringer of Old Age
by CK Ballyhoo


The candle burns
The planet turns

Burn next year?
Die of fear?

Old Age brings
Questionable things

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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Monday, April 24, 2017

DAY #22: Starting a New Week with Mercury

I am really enjoying all the poems submitted.  But this one by Mags made me stop, and touched me.  

It's gratifying when someone "gets" what you are doing with a creation; then turns and shows you something new, and relevant.  Something you might not have deliberately intended, but which is clearly there and clearly right.




Mercury
- a planetary poem by MeteorMags

when you no longer hate the sun for shining
or curse it for bringing life
to our cold blue speck

when you run out of things to say
i will hold your heart in my hand
so you may count the petals of every flower

every hand that held another
holds us. ache for me when i am gone 
then realize i never leave you

write our manifesto and burn it
chart a course to bury treasure
our planted chest of golden coins

will grow to a garden of stars.
love it for me as if it is our child
my place is with you

we paint the stars together
when no one else is breathing
the moon hides below the horizon

our neighbors rise from beds
like corpses from their graves 
unable to recall the songs 

the mockingbird performed at 4 a.m.
the wind whistled down the asphalt
haunted only by coyotes.

my modern mercury’s caduceus
is a radio tower pulsing 
between realms like dreams

the serpents of his staff
become iron girders riveted to the sky
broadcasting love and fury

to the sons and daughters of lightning
spanning the globe under incandescent shelter
from midnight’s prehistoric treachery

clarity, communication
the courier’s gift
signals the dawn

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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

DAY #21: Saturn and Gratitude

The word is spreading about this project!  My thanks to Ryce Skytower and Ceakay Ballyhoo, both of whom recently posted about their visits to LEA 4.  (Ryce has done several posts, which you can navigate to from the one linked above)  

Thank you all!  Keep spreading the word.  We have a lot of poetry time left to go!



 Saturn, the Devourer 
A Sonnet by Hypatia Pickens

Had Dominique Cassini only known,
While charting the divide of Saturn’s rings,
That his namesake for twenty years had flown,
And now between those icy belts it swings.
Old Chronos, you consumer of the years!
For centuries you’ve strained our patient eye.
Then Holst transformed the music of your spheres,
And listening we watch our vessel die.
That science wasted time let no one say,
In sending our watcher into Saturn's maw;
It speaks eight hundred million miles away.
We did not conquer, but we came, we saw.
   Our art the god of time may yet devour
   But time and art will tell Cassini's hour.

"Earth Day," April 22, 2017  
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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DAY # 20: Unfinished Business - Mars


Mars
a planetary poem by MeteorMags

you and i have unfinished business.
you taught me destruction
a skill for leaving trails
of unmarked graves and broken spears.

your path leads nowhere but down.
stone is your only element.
you bask in the sun for millennia
and only learn what it means to burn.

you serve neither love nor justice
but conquest as its own reward
its prize a thread of wounds and ash.

what words could you offer for redemption?
how dare you speak them
over the eulogy of rain
and falling earth?

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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Friday, April 21, 2017

DAY #19: And May They No Longer Study War - Mars


Mars, Bringer of War
by Michael Romani

Encamped on the edge of apostasy
In a reliance on outdated astrology
There is a cobbled together prophecy
That hints at man's crimson inclinations
Toward a warlike sense of hircosity
Found foremost in war between nations

Beyond these planets with a time and word
Is the instinctual feeling bound to be stirred
That that crassest of all of these emotions
Is this warlike bellicosity filled with motion
Unconventional meter and blatant dissonance
Are the mood picture establishing distance

The distance meant to keep peace between men
Men who cannot help but to fall into mortal sin
Sins that rule our lives; sins such as the danger
Of allowing ourselves to fall to uncontrolled anger
The rocky torment of this sonic torment of revelation
Only hints at man's possible and final annihilation

(c) April 20, 2017 Michael Romani

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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DAY #18: Both Sides of The Magician - Uranus


Uranus
a planetary poem
by MeteorMags

One side lies in darkness
never seeing light.
One side burns eternal day
to never see the night.

Celestial protogenitor,
Holst called you the Magician
whose wand bridges Earth and Heaven
to bring Idea to life.

Crowley called you Genius
but he knew the other side:
the pole unknown by light
descends to madness.

Without love, she turns to cruelty.
Thwarted, she seeks vengeance
like the Furies spawned from your blood
falling on the Earth.

But your blood on the waves birthed Beauty
who tempered the Furies,
turned them from their merciless mission
and made them protectors of her realm.

Thus, we know you are of two minds,
Uranus, Varuna, your coiled serpent rises.
Your first children were monsters.
Let us remember love, lest we become them.

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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DAY #17: Seeking Meaning Beyond ~ Neptune

Another great planetary poem from MeteorMags.  The intrepid Mags has sailed to all the open planets so far. Have you?




Neptune
By MeteorMags

you wait when light abandons you
to a frozen ammonia tempest.
forgiveness lives here
no more.

what becomes the sea without the sun?
what tide is borne without the moon
to bear it?

silent you drifted for centuries
while after you dreams dared not venture
and no one sang at all.

holst named you the mystic
but what knowledge awaits
your desolation?

the astronomer forsakes the city
for the unlit barrens
to see farther

past the realm of noise and mirth
and the din of blinding light
distraction.

busy with nothing
he discovers
what lies
beyond.


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Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.