Looking Up, I Wonder . . .

Does the sun, obscured by gray clouds,
feel like she’s brushing clammy cobwebs
from her perspiring face?

Do stars sputter when meteorites flash by,
hogging their solar spotlight?

As the moon waxes,
does she feel guilty about her expanding curves?

Does the sky feel belittled
when her brilliant blues blend with ocean hues,
blurring her celestial hemline
with saltwater slurps in a hazy horizon?

Are clouds frustrated
when winds blow them off course?

Do tides falter
when lunar rhythms lose their beat,
as if the maestro’s baton
has developed a score of its own?

Looking up, I wonder . . .

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Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today Bjorn asks us to write a poem that consists only of questions. And indeed, we are looking to the skies as Cape Cod is under a tropical storm watch tonight and tomorrow, expecting residuals of Hurricane Jose.

39 thoughts on “Looking Up, I Wonder . . .

  1. Vivian Zems September 19, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    The sun, the moon… I love how you used human emotions and vulnerabilities here. Enjoyed this.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Vivian. Written while we were in Cape Cod where watching the ocean and the sky are daily rituals πŸ™‚

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  2. Glenn Buttkus September 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Lovely metaphors & inquiries–your questions are superb. Your last stanza is killer.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Glenn. Enjoyed this prompt. Alas, we are back from Cape Cod…never did get to OLN on Thursday…enjoying our ocean respite too much. Will need to go there just to read your Buck story…I’m assuming you added another chapter/verse? πŸ™‚ Will do so in a bit.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed.

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  3. jillys2016 September 19, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Ok, that waxing moon thing is just perfect! My new excuse is ‘I’m waxing”
    Love this poem, Lil!

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Yes, I’m “waxing” sitting here eating two candy bars! πŸ™‚

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  4. Adda September 19, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Lil, I love this poem. Your questions are amazing! A very inquisitive mind..

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      So glad you liked it. A fun prompt to work with! Kind of like fairy tale questions. πŸ™‚

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  5. Truedessa September 19, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    This was filled with mystical questions. The last stanza is a real gem.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:48 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Truedess!

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  6. Frank Hubeny September 19, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Now you have me wondering at those clouds: “Are clouds frustrated
    when winds blow them off course?” The winds must blow those clouds all over.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Yes….do you supposed they have their paths in mind and then….woosh….along comes that pesky wind? πŸ™‚

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  7. kim881 September 20, 2017 / 2:58 am

    These are the questions the ancients pondered and we are pondering still, Lill. Such gorgeous imagery in those clammy cobwebs and sputtering stars! I smiled at the lines:
    ‘As the moon waxes,
    does she feel guilty about her expanding curves?’
    and
    ‘Does the sky feel belittled
    when her brilliant blues blend with ocean hues,
    blurring her celestial hemline
    with saltwater slurps in a hazy horizon?’

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. Somehow, while on Cape Cod, looking at the sky and the horizon and the ocean is just what you do….so….voila!

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  8. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg) September 20, 2017 / 4:37 am

    So much I love here… there is a feeling of a child asking questions. Some things you cannot answer really. I also got to think about the BC comic strip that I think would fit some of the questions… Especially the frustrated cloud works for me.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Bjorn. Really a fun prompt to work with….especially savoring the ocean, sky and changing moods on Cape Cod while writing this. πŸ™‚

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Exactly! And just when you think you know the answer….whoosh, along comes the wind and everything changes course! πŸ™‚

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  9. alisonhankinson September 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Do tides falter
    when lunar rhythms lose their beat,…this sent me into quite a whirlwind of imagination. I can just imagine being an uncertain tide…shall we shan’t we? Are you sure we ‘re on High Tide? Isn’t it a Bore today?…

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  10. Gospel Isosceles September 20, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    “…her brilliant blues blend with ocean hues”
    Is such a gorgeous image, even if the sky does feel belittled. But, I always thought they (sky and sea) were trying to mirror one another in admiration and love.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      ….except when the storms blow in! πŸ™‚ Or the fog covers all and it’s like the sky says, “forget it….I’ll just cover you with this clammy grey/white fog so no one can see your beauty! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed.

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  11. Rachel Mary September 21, 2017 / 12:09 am

    Yes, you gave human emotions to nature. I love the imagery here, very perceptive and creative questions.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Really appreciate it!

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Was really a fun prompt, right? So many questions pondered by so many. πŸ™‚

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  12. Bev September 21, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Surely those clouds in your photo have some answers! This is a great astrological reverie!

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Always fun to revel in the sun, moon and the stars! πŸ™‚

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  13. sarahsouthwest September 22, 2017 / 5:24 am

    That guilty moon! i’m going to have another biscuit in sisterly solidarity. You put things into perspective beautifully.

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Oh yes…….I’m enjoying a candy bar right now….just waxing away! πŸ™‚

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  14. Olga September 23, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Beautifully-put queries about the nature of Nature. I see the glitter of a child’s wonder in your wonderful questioning. ❀

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    • lillian September 25, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      I think that’s what I love about children….the wonderful way they see with their imaginations and hearts! πŸ™‚

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