Soul of a Dead Star Waltz (shape poem)

by Larry Chamberlin   Mar 16, 2015


You dance, leading me rhythmically,
in a slow waltz at three/four time,
while I lag behind at six/eight,
never hoping to catch you.

I feel my essence drawn out
in spirals, whirling around you,
deeply drawn by inescapable pull,
melding into your core being.

My particles pass an event horizon
and are totally reintegrated into you,
while reflections showing our former life
fountain red shifted into the cosmos.

Still, that tune draws me along,
so I will sacrifice all that I am
and keep dancing with you
for a millennium longer.

Play solar winds, star brass,
nuclear strings, play on forever!
We will wander the galaxy together
as long as any matter remains with me.

Contest inspiration:
Title choice: Soul of a Dead Star
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vauo4o-ExoY
My own inspiration, the waltzing stars: https://www.facebook.com/notes/larry-chamberlin/soul-of-a-dead-star-waltz-shape-poem/10153756101064062

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  • 2 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Judging Comment

    When a person loves their dancing partner with heart and soul, it can make a heart feel like they are less than the other. because the love for the other rises so high, however the joys overcome the insecurities within and happiness prevails... I may be way off on my amaryllis of this poem by Larry, but it's they way I felt while reading.

    Powerful and explosive poem by Larry this week!

  • 2 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    Now that you mentioned that its a shape poem have been sitting back and trying to figure this shape out....kinda looks like an hour glass or a rocket or maybe I'm wrong.

    Nonetheless Congrats on the win!!

    • 2 years ago

      by Larry Chamberlin

      My intent was to depict Tightening and Stretching as in a dance where the partners rhythmically approach and pull away.

  • 2 years ago

    by Poetess

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • 2 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    A lifeless star has been given a feeling which still lives on and remembered...I feel that sadness penned between the lines...touching.