"The Meteor of 1860" by Frederic Edwin Church ‘Shooting Star’ and Other Poetry by Shari Jo LeKane The Society November 9, 2020 Beauty, Poetry 7 Comments Shooting Star Upon the early fall of night my eyes behold a shooting star, electric streak in twilight sea, now here alive, then gone you are. What beauty brings this lustrous light well driven by some cosmic czar whose alien powers surely be from planets we believe afar. To capture such a fleeting sight and save it in a mason jar so that it could not ever flee and hold my wish in reservoir! Oh, incandescent beam so bright who burns amidst the midnight mar and disappears without a plea then leaves no single star on par! Seasons What chilly breeze creates a shudder, crimson leaves begin to flutter down, down like butterflies ’till barren branches reach the skies and herald lonely autumn cries amidst decaying clutter, then winter wends its weary way on through the festive holidays around, round the endless nights in search of precious southern light to end the dreary frozen plight each minute gone astray, such time has come for spring rebirth to reconcile with Mother Earth now found, found beneath the snow new greenery and things that grow are setting lovers’ hearts aglow enlivening with mirth, still followed by the marching drum of summer’s folly in the sun abound, bound by gardens lush with endless harvests in a rush and starlit nights by full moon’s blush. The seasons have their run. Shari Jo LeKane lives in St. Louis, Missouri, writes poetry, prose and articles, and specializes in literary criticism, creative writing, Spanish Language and culture, business and community development, educational and leadership development, non-profit matters, disability, elderly care and advocacy. She has a B.A. in English, Spanish, an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid and St. Louis, and additional certifications. She teaches Spanish at an HBCU in St. Louis, Missouri, and Creative Writing and Poetry. Shari’s poetry has been published in literary magazines worldwide. She considers herself a modern formalist, addressing contemporary issues in poetic verse with a stylized language. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 7 Responses James Sale November 9, 2020 Well done Shari Jo, I particularly like the phrase ‘cosmic czar’ – very good. Reply Julian D. Woodruff November 9, 2020 A really distinctive thing here, I think, is this: if neither poem rhymed or was clearly metrical, it could still never be mistaken for prose. The vocabulary, as Mr. Sale notices in one detail, is poetic. I guess prose can contain such language, but maybe not in such concentration as here. Reply James Sale November 9, 2020 A great observation, Julian. Reply Terry L. Norton November 9, 2020 I enjoyed both poems, especially the repetition in each stanza of “Seasons” and how its use captures the cyclic nature of your subject. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant November 9, 2020 Shari Jo, these poems are a wonderful antidote to our toxic times. I love the imaginative imagery used to create that linguistic silver lining of escapism I need. Thank you very much! Reply Satyananda Sarangi November 11, 2020 Greetings for the day! The poetic essence of the above poems make them distinct – a blend of nature and human emotions. Looking forward to reading more from you. Best wishes Reply Shari LeKane November 18, 2020 Greetings to all with gratitude for your responses and reciprocated well wishes in these challenging times. May the creative spark continue. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.