The Stars and Beyond

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The Stars and Beyond


As we speculate the clear evening sky
Iridescent with jewels which we call stars,
Alive in our hearts stir the endless dream
To unwind and solve the mysteries of Earth
And unfathomed vastness of cosmic space.
Since time began, this has been our great wish.

Because of this strong and enduring wish
Our minds are forever drawn toward the sky, 
Where in the blankness of great timeless space
Drift along planets, our Sun, Moon, and stars.
And amidst it all, our minuscule Earth
Seems lost in this cloudy, galactic dream.

But humans will always anxiously dream
Of someday achieving this inborn wish;
Discovering answers about the Earth;
Exploring the unknown realms of the sky
To find our way among planets and stars,
Erasing the boundaries of time and space.

What truths does it hold, this infinite space?
Will answers always be vague as a dream?
Do other planets with suns as our stars
Have beings like earthlings who hope and wish?
Do they gaze at their own eternal sky;
Know of our galaxy, Sun, Moon, and Earth?

Though we're secure on this great mammoth Earth,
When we contemplate the vastness of space,
We know we are only dust in the sky;
Our own importance dissolves like a dream,
For matter not how we wonder and wish
We are naught amid the planets and stars.

Gems on black velvet, our heaven of stars;
So close they all seem to mortals of Earth;
So often we stare at them—make a wish—
Yet billions of light years measure the space
In between. When will we wake from our dream?
Solve all the puzzles which darken our sky?

Twinkle on great sky with your rhinestone stars—
Continue, sweet dream, for beings of Earth!
Eternal as space is our hope and wish!


December 13, 2015

Premiere Contest: The Cosmos
Sponsor: Thvia Shetley

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Sestina: A highly structured form of poetry consisting of six six-line stanzas and ending with three-line half-stanza (thirty-nine lines). The end words of the first stanza are repeated in strict order as end words in the other stanzas.

The concluding half-stanza uses the same six words; 1,3 and 5 in the centers of each line, and 2, 4 and 6, at the ends.

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Date: 10/13/2017 8:48:00 AM
Congrats on your win, Sandra. I don't think I've ever seen a Sestina - what an intricate pattern! Beautifully done!
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Date: 10/13/2017 3:47:00 PM
Thank you, Agnes. Yes, it follows a strict pattern using iambic pentameter. I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 10/13/2017 5:23:00 AM
Gorgeous write, Sandra, and full of lovely phrasing - love this! Congrats! :-) <3
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Date: 10/13/2017 3:47:00 PM
Thank you so much, Gregory, for the nice comment and congratulations. Sandra
Date: 10/12/2017 10:01:00 PM
Congratulations, Sandra on your fine win.
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Date: 10/13/2017 3:48:00 PM
Thank you very much, Subimal! Sandra
Date: 10/12/2017 9:46:00 PM
What a wonderful Sestina you have penned. Thank you for entering it in my contest and congrats on your placement!
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Date: 10/13/2017 3:49:00 PM
Thank you very much, Thvia, for your congratulations on supportive comment. Sandra
Date: 7/15/2017 3:38:00 PM
Well done Sandra, I always marvel at your skill, this is a classic write for the ages. Congrats on another win!
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Date: 7/15/2017 7:18:00 AM
There were SO many that I wanted to include in the top ten, but I HAD to go with this one, as it's such a dear subject matter to me, and was so wonderfully-crafted! You are such a talented writer, Sandra, and give such sublime honor to the Universe here. Something dear to me, but also requiring deft writing and phrasing as you have very well displayed. Congrats on TENTH PLACE, and thank you for entering my contest! :-)
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Date: 5/6/2016 11:12:00 AM
A great congratulation my lovely friend, bl
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Date: 5/5/2016 6:21:00 AM
An intricate weave... well done! The universe!!! Where our imaginations have no limits... Congratulatios on your win!!
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Date: 5/4/2016 9:12:00 PM
Sandra, you bring science and poetry in a vivid blend. A fascinating subject that has been on my mind as of late, and a very well done structure, this poem is a great example of your talent and I am pleased you have picked it as your pride and joy for my contest. Thanks for writing, you're out of this world :)
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Date: 5/4/2016 9:39:00 PM
Dear Casarah, thank you so much for your uplifting and supportive comment about my poem, and for the honor of the fine placement on your winner's list. I appreciate it so much! Thank you again. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 2/2/2016 12:25:00 PM
A well deserved first place finish! Peace and blessings to you and yours.
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Date: 2/3/2016 1:14:00 PM
Thank you so much, Steven. So nice of your to visit my poem and leave your uplifting comment, peace and blessing. Back to you likewise! Sandra
Date: 12/29/2015 8:21:00 PM
Swinging back to say - Congratulations, my friend for your top of the podium great win! Pandita
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Date: 2/3/2016 1:11:00 PM
Thank you so much, Pandita. So nice of you to visit with your uplifting comment. Much appreciated. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/28/2015 11:12:00 PM
well done. LINDA
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Date: 12/29/2015 5:22:00 PM
Thank you so much, Linda. I appreciate your visits and supportive comments. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/28/2015 10:27:00 PM
Congrats on your Star People poem win
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Date: 12/29/2015 5:22:00 PM
Hi Skat, thank you for your visit and congrats. It is much appreciated. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/28/2015 6:28:00 AM
Great write, Sandra. Congratulations on your 1st place win. T.J
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Date: 12/28/2015 1:04:00 AM
Awesome poetry Sandra.. congrats on a much deserved first place win!
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Date: 12/27/2015 11:41:00 PM
A stunning poem. Wonderful connectivity throughout, not just because of the form but also the thoughts expressed. The fifth stanza really appeals to me. Congrats on a very well deserved first place win!
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Date: 12/27/2015 5:18:00 PM
Excellent Sestina! What talent and show of poetic skills! I love your work, Sandra! Congratulations on a top of the chart great win! Pandita
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Date: 12/27/2015 4:09:00 PM
Many congrats on your win Sandra I love the complicated form you chose with its repeated words:-) I am learning more and more every day:-) hugs Jan xx
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Sandra Haight
Date: 12/27/2015 4:45:00 PM
Thank you, Jan. I have only written two Sestinas. They are difficult but a worthy challenge. Thank you for your nice comment and congrats. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/27/2015 2:32:00 PM
CONGRATULATION on your #1 win!
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Date: 12/27/2015 4:07:00 PM
Thank you, Susan! Much appreciated. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/27/2015 1:32:00 PM
Congrats on your first placement Sandra! You've encapsulated so much information in this powerful write on stars!
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Date: 12/27/2015 4:07:00 PM
Hi Balveen, thank you for stopping by with your supportive comment and congrats! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/27/2015 11:13:00 AM
Wonderful Sandra! And you tackled a very difficult form with grace!! -luloo *smiles* *congrats*
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Date: 12/27/2015 4:05:00 PM
Hi Laura, thank you so much for your uplifting comment and congrats! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 12/27/2015 9:43:00 AM
Great write Sandra....a dream that is as endless as the universe...Congrats on your 1st place win..
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Date: 12/27/2015 10:29:00 AM
Joseph, thank you so much for your visit and your uplifting comment and congrats. Sandra
Date: 12/14/2015 7:28:00 AM
- Sandra, enjoy reading your poems today - Luck in contest- Now that the time is near I want to wish you a peaceful and beautiful Christmas for you and your loved ones - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 12/15/2015 10:58:00 AM
Hi Anne Lise, thank you so much for your nice comment and lovely Christmas wishes. I do hope that you and yours have a blessed Christmas also. Hugs, Sandra