the sky’s a curio cabinet of stars, with her at center

it gets curiouser and curious
-er, her fascination 
with that sky 
sand dollar,
that noble star 
scholar, mama moon.

she swoons at crescent 
smile, a fine fool for full. 
you can question her 
about it some, but she has 
no words. only hum, 
and shine. 

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

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45 Responses to the sky’s a curio cabinet of stars, with her at center

  1. I love the ending… maybe it’s the best thing to do when in awe to slightly hum

  2. Grace says:

    Clever title with curio and play of curiosity De. You are back with your favorite mama moon theme and this line is amazing:

    a fine fool for full.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Thanks so much, Grace. She’s definitely my go-to muse for writer’s block. I guess it says something about her that there’s always something new to say!

  3. Ingrid says:

    I love the musicality of your writing here, De: it’s a fun and playful yet deeply poetic composition!

  4. msjadeli says:

    A humming moon is a beautiful thing. I can only hope one day to hear her.

  5. kim881 says:

    The title is a little poem on its own, De, and I love all the wordplay – the internal rhyme of dollar/scholar, the alliteration and slant rhyme in ‘a fine fool for full’, and the idea of the moon with only hum and shine – the best way to be when lost for words.

  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You and the moon, you never get over it. This piece is playful and fun, and has a fantasy flare; perfect for your prompt. Thanks for hosting.

  7. RedCat says:

    Love the wordplay and the music in this, and the moon of course. She always holds my gaze and curiosity. Your poem almost makes me hear the hum.

  8. De, I particularly like the second half of this piece. I love the idea of the “hum” …


  9. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely spun De! Initially I thought you were having the sea star laying on the beach looking up and wondering how she got out of place! LOL
    I love your tongue in cheek poem!

  10. Ron. says:

    I’m a lunalover, too, De, as I guess most poets are. Love her silent hum & shine. And thanks for hosting.

  11. The hum and shine seems like a good answer to any and all questions. Stellar writing! ✨

  12. Shawna says:

    I hope this cabinet represents a whole new kind of executive branch. ❤

  13. Delightful whimsy here, De! I love these lines:

    “she swoons at crescent
    smile, a fine fool for full.”

  14. Beverly Crawford says:

    Hmmm. I’ve always heard of moonshine, but never of hum shine. Curious, isn’t it?

  15. Maggie C says:

    I love the title. And the curios found therein.

  16. kaykuala h says:

    no words. only hum,
    and shine.

    Love the combination of feelings of curiosity to some feelings of happiness, De!


  17. I really like the idea of the sky as a curio cabinet for stars. 🙂

  18. Lucy says:

    Very beautiful with such amazing wordplay; it flowed smoothly along the rhythm.

  19. rogblog666 says:

    loving the word play and hummig along with the moon is alays good.

  20. K.Hartless says:

    Crescent smiles always get me as well. I’m a fool for full-blown happiness. Thank you for hosting.

  21. memadtwo says:

    Who is not a fool for the moon? (K)

  22. pvcann says:

    Moon here is sublime

  23. ooooooooh. the title and then the flow of this felt like a lullaby. a reassuring one. thank you, De!

  24. Helen Dehner says:

    Her / you … stage center! Love this quadrille and thanks for the challenge.

  25. Ali Grimshaw says:

    She captivates me in every form.
    I especially like these lines,
    “she swoons at crescent
    smile, a fine fool for full.”
    Thanks for the prompt and for hosting on dVerse.

  26. You hum and shine along with her!

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