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Starry Starry Night

When Wishes were made on a shooting star The Heavens looked down and smiled With sprinkles of stardust on a whisper of moonbeams They created for us a child Soothed you were by twinkling stars In a crib that faced a velvet sky Did Queen Cassiopeia sing you a sweet lullaby As she heard your cries from ever so high In the years that followed you blossomed Joy abounded at the Wondrous You A rare jewel that we could hardly believe was ours A beacon lighting a path so True We named you Vincent - Our shooting Star We felt with the artist you identified a gifted creativity - an affinity with stars Sharing a world of art personified The ‘Via Lactea’ expanded into names defined Elliptical galaxies pondered while star gazing Sirius the Dog Star the brightest of all Followed by Canopus and Arcturus - Amazing Vega - Alpha Lyrae - the Soaring Eagle You dragged us into your nightly game Willing participants we soared with Him Our mundane lives now never the same Tents were pitched on ink black nights Constellations on high seriously contemplated Of Draconis, Capricornus, Gemini and Aries The Heavenly hand that had so skilfully created You captured the Milky Way in oils and canvas In a fashion shared with artists of old Your palette made up of hues and shades With flaming strokes of colors so bold And then it all Changed Why did it all change? You drew within Shutting us out despite our pleas Your palette changed to blacks and greys A boat rocking on emotional seas We begged and pleaded - you shut the door Leaving us baffled at what was wrong Your light grew dimmer by the day Our sorrow sang its own woeful song And then on one starry starry night The final flame - extinguished by you Leaving utter devastation - bereft in its wake Your parents’ hearts broken in two Time heals all wounds so they say Your farewell note being read and reread Through tears of sadness, the hurt replaced With acceptance and forgiveness instead. And now as we sit years later on our porch Staring at one star that sparkles so Bright The words of Don McLean’s echoes in our minds Of Vincent and his Starry Starry Night ‘For they could not love you But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight On that Starry Starry night You took your life Like sometimes lovers do But I could have told you Vincent This world was never meant For one as beautiful as you’
Footnote: Though fictitious, this is a story that truly represents teenage Cyber bullying suicides all over the world including Asia today. The innocent victims fear blackmail and repercussions refusing to talk it over with parents or mentors. The parents are not even aware sometimes of the dark void of despair their child is facing and trying to address by themselves of which they have no experience and sometimes think the only way out is to end it all. In this cyber age, these cowardly bullies hide behind anonymity, targeting their innocent victims, spreading and sharing lies and venom. Hat’s off to my friend Kate Pennington of ‘Beyond a Joke’ Anti-Bullying Centre, in Sydney Australia, an amazing lady dedicated to helping the youth. No real names of victims have been used in this piece of poetry and any resemblance is purely coincidental. POTW 23rd April 2017

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Date: 2/20/2019 5:43:00 PM
Hello Mari Williams, a poem in a story form is very nice. Nice touch.Have a nice eveninf my friend.
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Date: 1/26/2019 5:56:00 PM
Cyber bullying is mean! Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite piece of art. And I'm a Gemini.Thank you!
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Date: 5/3/2018 12:21:00 AM
Dear Maria, this is so beautiful and yet so sad. I have always been moved to tears by the song and this poem is very moving also. I can certainly see why you had gotten POTW.
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Date: 12/9/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words Carole xxx
Date: 4/5/2018 7:08:00 AM
What a powerful story you have told on the subject of cyber bullying, Maria. Love this piece! Sincerely, Elaine George
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Date: 4/5/2018 7:25:00 AM
Thank you Elaine, a sad issue indeed , cyber bullying, but being the ever optimist, I feel that it can be monitored and controlled at least. Thank you for the visit and comment, I really appreciate it....Maria
Date: 3/7/2018 8:55:00 AM
Isn't it incredible how we all start out the same yet end up in so many various ways and shapes. With life had scrapes of all shapes, Often peaceful with others with sour grapes.
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Date: 3/7/2018 6:12:00 AM
Maria, just where you get the ideas for these poems I really take my hat off to you. Keep it up..love reading them
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Date: 1/2/2018 5:06:00 PM
Such an awesome poem to persons of bullying. I commend you for your act of bravery. It is one of the best.
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Date: 11/26/2017 8:55:00 PM
The way the poem segues from a story about cyber-bullying to the lyrics of Vincent is ingenious and emotionally wrenching. Tragic, but with a tenderness that makes it all the more poignant and affecting. Great poetry, Maria, and for such a good cause. On a related note, have you seen the movie Loving Vincent? I saw it recently. The whole movie was hand-painted frame by frame in Van Gogh's style. Quite amazing to watch.
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Date: 11/26/2017 7:10:00 PM
Hallo Meine Liebe Maria!! This is a truly fabulous poem in every respect. And I can see why it made the Best Poems All-Time List!! Truly Outstanding, and A FAVE OF MINE!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 11/27/2017 12:49:00 AM
Mein Lieber Gary, And the best to you always too. Danke for your generous comments , outstanding review and support – It is so appreciated you taking the trouble to check it's ranking. The poem is a very physiological issue as you realise and a huge problem days. I think you and Ingrid will like my ‘Memories series’ and the music/video clips if you have time to read the 8 episodes – hope you do. The series encompasses a psychological mystery. I won't spoil by telling you anything about the plot - but it can happen -And please don't 'cheat' by reading the final episode first. My fondest regards…Maria :).......... Episodes in order as follows: Memories - Episode 1 Blind Terror - (Memories Episode 2) Wistful Expectations - (Memories Episode 3) Deception - (Memories Episode 4) Run Run As Fast As You Can - (Memories Episode 5) Running - (Memories Episode 6) Amnesia - (Memories Episode 7) Unchained- (Memories Episode 8)
Date: 11/12/2017 3:56:00 PM
This is a beautiful poem with a footnote of truth that speaks so much to where I was being lead not too long before April. My experience happened in March and I survived the pulling of the suicide. Had to comment. How much your way of writing is very special.
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Date: 11/13/2017 5:06:00 AM
Kristina your words speaks volumes and when I read comments like yours my friend, I am so humbled and grateful that through my poetry I am able to give something back to the Universe. Love and light coming your way. Stay strong always....Maria xxx
Date: 11/3/2017 10:50:00 PM
A heartbreaking write Maria. With your skilled and sensitive pen you bring poetic and much needed attention to a sad situation going on today. Beautifully and tenderly written with touching insight... Excellent and enjoyed!
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Date: 11/6/2017 5:20:00 AM
Susan I really appreciate your kind words and visits. Coming from a truly gifted poet like yourself, I am thrilled that you enjoyed this. Thank you my friend...Maria xxx
Date: 11/1/2017 7:44:00 AM
What a heart rendering pen Maria, oh wow. Thank you for leading me to it. A monderful day to you dear poetess xomo
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Date: 11/2/2017 12:20:00 AM
Thank you so much Maureen, I really appreciate your visit and lovely comment my friend. Take care...Maria
Date: 10/31/2017 3:18:00 AM
An amazing and insightful write, Maria. Faving it.
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Date: 11/2/2017 12:22:00 AM
So glad you think so Suzette. thank you so much for the lovely comments , visit and the fave. Will see you on your site...Maria
Date: 10/29/2017 8:16:00 PM
What an amazing poem, Maria. This seemed like you were writing it from personal experience, that's how good it is. And it's true, there are countless parents out there who experience this very thing, and it's so very sad. This is a favorite for me. Hugs x
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Date: 11/2/2017 12:26:00 AM
Thank you so much Becca, I am so glad that you think so, coming from a wonderful poet like yourself I am very very flattered. Thanks for the visit and the lovely comment...Maria xxx
Date: 9/17/2017 4:00:00 AM
Hi Maria...I came back to read this beautiful poem again, one of my favourites. Hope you're keeping well, mixing business with pleasure! Warm regards // paul
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Date: 9/18/2017 6:03:00 AM
Thanks so much Paul, so glad that you like this. I am keeping very well, and what about you? Yeah the Muse is doing her worst, so put on a collaboration with WW, today. I hope you will have time to look at it please? ...Maria xx
Date: 8/7/2017 10:29:00 AM
This is a deep truth. You said it all. We need a voice and stand up for the right thing. Keep pushing higher Maria . I am proud of this piece. God bless you.
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Date: 8/8/2017 7:31:00 AM
Thank you so much Derek for finding my page and visiting. I'm trying to get the word out on bullying and taking a stand against it. I've written another poem 'A Girl A Boy' on the subject. I am also trying to spread the awareness on saving the environment - I wrote a poem yesterday 'For Shame' - After all it only takes one small snowflake to start an avalanche if we all spread the word. Your encouragement is most appreciated...Maria
Date: 6/25/2017 12:16:00 AM
An extraordinary poem. Truly heart-wrenching. Loved it thoroughly. A fave for sure.
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Date: 6/25/2017 2:26:00 AM
Thank you so much Afzal, both for your lovely visit and comments, not to mention the fav. Most flattered...Maria
Date: 6/19/2017 7:47:00 PM
P.S. It's a FAV!
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Date: 6/19/2017 7:46:00 PM
Dear Maria, This is so beautiful and emotional. It brought tears to my eyes. And, I do love the instumental version too. I didn't write mine for the contest but I would surely like to congratulate you on your placement as well as POTW. Very well deserved.
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Date: 6/25/2017 2:31:00 AM
Thank you so much Carole. I am so glad and appreciative of your visit and lovely comments. That you made it a fave is music to my ears ,thank you...Maria
Date: 5/15/2017 10:00:00 PM
Well met by starlight Maria! I am here because of your recommendation to this medium. This is a remarkable poem of yours, filled with beautiful images and well chosen words. Incidentally one of my first submissions to this site has a similar title though a different, equally dark sub reference.
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Date: 5/24/2017 12:52:00 AM
So glad that you decided to join Geoffrey, really looking forward to catching up with your wonderful poetry..... Maria
Date: 5/15/2017 12:54:00 PM
Bravo Maria:-) you tackled such a difficult subject so sensitively - I too have written on cyber bullying based on a young Island lass who committed suicide aged just 18:-( I have added this to my faves - long may it continue to be number one of the best new poems list - would be lovely to see it used in schools world wide:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/24/2017 12:56:00 AM
Thank you so much Jan, so sorry for the late reply, but I was away again. Yes a sad issue indeed , cyber bullying, but being the ever optimist, I feel that it can be monitored and controlled. I appreciate both your lovely visit and words. xxx Maria
Date: 5/15/2017 6:03:00 AM
Maria, congratulations on being #1 on the best new 100 poems. A well deserved honor. Truly outstanding, meaningful poetry. 7!!! Regards....g
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Date: 5/24/2017 12:57:00 AM
Thanks so much George both for your lovely visit and support. I do really appreciate it. Maria
Date: 5/13/2017 7:21:00 AM
Poignantly beautiful Maria, you have given a voice to the marginalized, sight to the blind.
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Date: 5/24/2017 12:59:00 AM
Thanks so much Phil, both for your visit and profound words, I so appreciate it....Maria
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Date: 5/14/2017 4:09:00 AM
Thank you so much Phil, exactly what I was trying to do. I do appreciate your visit and comment. Maria
Date: 5/12/2017 11:58:00 AM
Hello Maria, An outstanding poem in every respect!! A true blend of both sadness and reflective emotion. Extraordinary Work!! SEVEN/FAVE!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 5/13/2017 12:49:00 AM
Thank you so much for your insightful review of my poem. I wanted to air this problem that has raised it's ugly head in the world of cyber technology... Thank you for your FAVE and top score...Maria
Date: 5/11/2017 8:52:00 PM
Maria, This is a very heart breaking and moving piece of work. You have a gift. Please don't do this to me again.
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Date: 5/12/2017 1:47:00 AM
Thanks Dean, it does evoke a lot of sad emotions and is a topic that needs to be addressed everywhere and these kids taught that they do not have to fall into the trap, Kids need more support from the family and teachers ...Maria
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