The knowing 

I remember the ancient glory of the stars
the vast flinging-out of existence
I remember the creation of planet rings
(soft dust-glow in the darkness)
and the tying down of moons
I remember the truths and the answers
to questions now forgotten
to an essence of this universe no one can grasp
for I have seen beyond the nebula and the galaxies
to the edge of nothing.

A dark twist spun off from a section of the poetic, philosophical and beautifully bright Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 

The last prompt for NaPoWriMo 2016 was to write a poem in a different language or to translate one from a different language. This darker thought came to me as I read through that favourite French masterpiece. But what I really intended to do was write this in translation:


When you look to the sky,
at night,
because I will be living in one of those stars,
because I will be laughing in one of those stars,
it will be for you
as though all the stars are laughing.
For you, the stars will know
how to laugh.

4 thoughts on “The knowing 

  1. I love them both! But you know, especially “and the tying down of moons.” Don’t ask me why that line struck me just now.

    Huge hugs and congratulations for all your work during GloPoWriMo! Fantastic!!

    • Oh you too! I feel like you were my training partner or something. Thank you for all the encouragement and the lovely, inspiring poems all month xo

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