Sky Murmurations

The moon is crying new
bloody murder, a mewing
crackle of dark sky
rumor slain.

The stars:
a gulp of constellation.
a spiraling squabble.
a shimmer of silence.
a chattering prayer.

The sun’s a bellowing yellow
-bellied hope, a pantheon rope
coiled to rise,
ready to play.

We rumble-shake
sing it all,
in a cloud cotillion
……………of praise.



Written for Poetics over at dVerse. The bar opens at noon (PST) today. After that, come play! In the meantime, check out some creative, fun and quirky bird group names here




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24 Responses to Sky Murmurations

  1. Mary says:

    Interesting writing, De. Especially the second stanza in which you characterized the stars. Always like your unique combo-words! Smiles.

  2. That first stanza… wow… the bloody murder.. A unique and perfect used on those words…and you managed to work those nice collective nouns to something unique…

  3. Bodhirose says:

    You took those bird group names and made them describe the sky…what a unique and creative take on the prompt. I love your wonderful mind, De!

  4. kim881 says:

    This is lovely, December; abstract and melodic.

  5. gillena says:

    very interesting take on the prompt, enjoyed!!!

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    in a cloud cotillion of praise…. sigh.. gorgeous ❤

  7. Grace says:

    I love how you gave sounds and personified nature ~ The moon is crying, sun is bellowing, stars a chattering of prayer , and that ending, cloud in cotillion of praise ~ Love your writing De ~

  8. De-lightful! And we both tapped the cotillion! One in a million! 😉

  9. jonquil says:

    And who do you think tells the sun to play? 😉

    Awesome poem, from the title to the last. Exquisite writing.

  10. ihatepoetry says:

    And Happy Easter to you too. 🙂

  11. therisa says:

    Love your usage of words, throughout, the poem, De, but most especially, the very first stanza, stands out, the most, for me. That really hooks the reader, into this poem.

  12. I thought the use of cotillion captured the meaning so well, as I can see the dance you refer to to.

  13. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Nary a bird flitted through the piece & yet it was brimming with bird collective nouns; especially creative, fun, clever word play.

  14. If I hadn’t known you were drawing from a list of groups of birds I would never have known. You pulled all those words together in such a wonderful flow.

  15. lynn__ says:

    Clever convocation of collective constellations, De!

  16. The stars:
    a gulp of constellation.
    a spiraling squabble.
    a shimmer of silence.
    a chattering prayer.

    How clever to relate the group of birds but to the open skies, De! It makes them seem to be circling up there all the time


  17. Raivenne says:

    The stars stanza – so perfect.

  18. This is so rich with words from your prompt, but my favourite line is ….
    “The sun’s a bellowing yellow-bellied hope”
    So much fun! 🙂

  19. othermary says:

    This is some really lovely word-smithing, De.

  20. A precious petal chaos distillation of life I want to fall into…with all my senses intoxicated with the divine comedy of my soul…

  21. lillian says:

    So late to the bar again…..Bermuda charms and beguiles!
    I love this one! Especially the last stanza….”a cloud cotillion of praise.” Love even how those words sound when I say them aloud. This was a wonderful prompt! And now I shall read on 🙂

  22. What a twist on your wonderful prompt.It really inspired me but have been a bit late responding. It could come under Praise poems too. I used to have an interesting collection of them for student prompts!

  23. DArk oF moon..
    BriGht Of Sun
    Day dreAMs
    NiGht sHares
    so long to reaSon
    Jack Rabbit’s SonG..:)

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