of starlings, starts and stars


murmur me
in hungry ear;
-(n)ation of flock,
and flight. some just-right
square for be
-ginnings. of significant

twinkle in
some small
spin of silence. some
mirth of mind.
somewhere to find
myself steeped
in ink-sanity
and the craziest
spill of time.


It’s Quadrille Monday over at dVerse, and I’m hosting. Come play! 



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31 Responses to of starlings, starts and stars

  1. ink-sanity… so good just to mention one great pebble on your beach.

  2. jillys2016 says:

    This feels like the carefully orchestrated insanity of a murmuration of starlings. Bravo!

  3. ‘some small spin of silence’ I like that. The alliteration is spot on.

  4. kim881 says:

    I love the word play in the title, De, and the way your Quadrille scintillates! There’s also some wonderfully creative hyphenation going on there, and he wonderful phrases:’some small / spin of silence’ and ‘steeped / in ink-sanity’.

  5. welshstream says:

    Lovely piece of writing .. love that pivotal ‘small spin of silence’

  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    This needs reading again and again to assure missing nothing. VERY clever from beginning to end!

  7. “steeped
    in ink-sanity
    and the craziest
    spill of time.” Definition of a poet Love this

  8. lillian says:

    loving how the title is actually weaved into the content of the poem….and the starts of ink-sanity! 🙂 The twinkle and the spin of silence….I loved reading it aloud too!

  9. Larkin says:

    “some mirth of mind” and “ink-sanity” are my favorites

    The first three lines have me giggling.

  10. Jo-Anne Teal says:

    I too enjoyed the journey of this piece as it weaves through to that well chosen last line. Wonderful and unique word play. Really enjoyed this!

  11. Vivian Zems says:

    If this were a riddle, I’d say you were a ‘full-stop”. Don’t ask me why….that’s what my brain envisioned! “….steeped in ink-sanity. ..” – genius!

  12. sanaarizvi says:

    I love “spin of silence, some mirth of mind.” Gorgeous write!💖

  13. Larkin says:

    Now I want a poem called “of stalking starts and stops.”

  14. “twinkle in
    some small
    spin of silence. some
    mirth of mind.”

    Oh, the beauty of this alliteration! A brilliant portrayal of starlings, and what a use of murmer!

  15. rothpoetry says:

    Steeped in ink sanity!! That is what we are all about! Sometimes it is ink insanity as well…

  16. Truedessa says:

    Wow – loved this part

    in ink-sanity
    and the craziest
    spill of time.

  17. Waltermarks says:

    I think your ink-sanity is what helps to orchestrate the murmurings that cause this to flow so well

  18. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the crazy spill of time at the end.

  19. Wow. That is some cool spillage.

  20. rosemawrites says:

    twinkle in
    some small
    spin of silence

    and then ink-sanity. sigh. too good! 🙂

  21. Oh my, “ink-sanity,” how clever and pertinent! I am so curious as to the one word “square.” What made you choose that shape in this context?

    • whimsygizmo says:

      I was thinking of starting at square one…as well as the square on many game boards that actually says the word “START.” Sometimes in life I wish we had one o’ those. 😉

  22. Kathy Reed says:

    I like the image of stars in the mix of the other fun things.

  23. Loved the visual of ink followed by the “craziest spill of time.” Nice one!

  24. Imelda says:

    This poem just made me smile. All the images built up to conjure one happy thought.

  25. Misky says:

    Magic stuff, especially “some small spin of silence.” Very nice, De.

  26. Oh De……this has your signature running all through it. So much to love. It tumbles like a waterfall. I love it.

  27. The hyphenations and word-breaks have an almost breathlessness, a delight in what is being anticipated.

  28. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderfully fun! I like the ‘mirth of mind’. I once saw a murmuration of starlings flying low over our house. It was crazy and awesome, there were so many of them. I can imagine those birds looking down at us and laughing, because we are entranced by their very normal activities. 🙂

  29. merrildsmith says:

    Such beautiful, clever word-use. The line that stood out for me was: “twinkle in
    some small
    spin of silence.”

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