Starstruck – haibun for dVerse

During lockdown, the weather was beautiful. Long midsummer days of blue skies stretching out, full of walking and reading and lazy conversations. The nights were just as wonderful – clear skies sprinkled with stars, sagging under the weight of so many stars.

We decided to stay up late one night to watch a meteor shower. The aquariids, I think. We took the beach blanket out and lay on the lawn, snuggled in sleeping bags and Dryrobes. There was some wriggling, and some giggling, and a bit of complaining, before we all fell silent, and just watched the sky.

There’s one.

There’s one.

There’s one.

We didn’t see many meteors, it has to be said. But we did spend time outside, gazing up at the sky. The more we looked, the more stars we saw – star after star after star – the Milky Way a band of light arching over our house, reaching towards the horizon. We were very quiet.

so many stars

how could we count them?

we could only gaze.

A haibun for Kim at dVerse. Kim wants us to think about the last time we gazed at nature in awe.

23 thoughts on “Starstruck – haibun for dVerse

  1. You are so lucky to be able to see the Milky Way from your garden! I could see it if I actually got my jacket on and went outside the house. It sounds like a fantastic night light show you witnessed.

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  2. Thank you for the reminder of last summer, Sarah, it’s a lovely warm thought to thaw me out – although I have switched on my little fan heater, otherwise my fingers will stop working! I love the description of the nights with clear skies ‘sagging under the weight of so many stars’, and you all lying on the beach blanket watching them. It’s true, the more you look the more stars you see.

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  3. Like Bjorn, our city lights mask the stars. In order to see meteor showers we drive 30 miles east up into the Cascade foothills, but even in August, after midnight, it gets bitterly cold. Two hours was our limit, but the star show was spectacular.

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  4. What a joyful experience you recount here. We spend so little time looking at the stars. Sometimes I even forget they are there. That beautiful pause at the beginning of the first lockdown was wonderful, I agree.

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